Fedor describes his first official loss as "God’s will"

June 26th is a day that will go down in MMA history as the day one of the sports biggest icons was finally defeated. It took Fabricio Werdum just 69 seconds to catch Fedor Emilianenko in a picture perfect triangle hold. Many had written off Vai Cavalo as the next on Fedor’s list of casualties, seemingly another lamb to the Russian slaughter. But it was not to be.

After almost being knocked out in the first exchange, Werdum fell on his back at the force of The Last Emperor’s initial onslaught, but Emilianenko made a fatal mistake as he tried to finish him, landing in the Brazilian’s guard, easily the place who never want to be with a Jiu Jitsu experct such as Werdum. As Fedor tried to ground and pound Fabricio to end the fight, he got caught in a picture perfect armbar/triangle, ending the Last Emperor’s 10 year reign as the World’s number 1 heavyweight.

Speaking at the post fight press conference, Emilianenko seemed almost releived after his first “real” loss, telling reporters “The one who doesn’t fall doesn’t stand up. It happens that I was made kind of an idol. Everybody loses. That happens. I’m a normal human being, as are all of us. If it is God’s will, the next fight I’ll win” with a dry but stangely satified smile on his face. A man who never boasted of his acheivements, or ever claimed to be the best, seemed to appear almost happy to have such a burden removed from his shoulders.

He offered no excuses, accepting defeat freely, telling press “At the very moment when I had to escape, I stopped, I didn’t do that, and that moment was used by Fabricio to finish his lock.” Perhaps after all these years of fighting other ground wizards such as Big Nog has finally taken its toll on the Russian’s body.

When asked what was next for him, Emilienenko stated that he would quite happily face Werdum again in a rematch, At the press conference he said: “I feel myself very, very good. I will have one more fight here. I will be continuing. Certainly I would like to have a rematch with Fabricio, if he agrees, I would love to do that.”

Saying about his loss that “If God decided it that way, that means that was the best way for this very time. I thank God for everything.” With Fedor currently in unfamiliar territory, coming off his only undisputeable loss, it remains to be seen how he will deal with this loss. Some fighters come back from a loss stronger and hungrier, a more complete fighter, like GSP for example, and then theres other fighters who come back from a loss and struggle to deal with it, ammassing several losses, one after the other, like Andrei Arlovski, who was on a 5 fight win streak, before loosing to Fedor, Brett Rogers and most recently Big Foot Silva.

Whether it’s a new and improved Last Emperor who comes back, or maybe a battle weary former Champ who could struggle against the top competition, all eyes will be on Fedor’s next bout, regardless of who Scott Coker and M1 decide that should be.


Thanks to MMAJUNKIE.com for the quotes.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/NikMegamanHulstein/ NikMegamanHulstein

    Gods will…lol

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Grapplure/ grapplure

    fedor is still the greatest mma fighter ever, anderson silva danced around because he was afraid to jump in the guard of a bjj specialist. gsp lays and prays because he doesnt wanna get ko’d. fedor has no fear, hell fight anywhere

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/PrideFC/ PrideFC

    Fedor made zero excuses and gave Werdum credit he deserved.. Fedor is really a true champion inside and outside of the cage. This loss was a huge upset to alot of people, but to fedor it wasn’t.. he always claimed to be human and that he would lose someday and that is normal. Fedor showed a bit of sadness, which I believe was because he feels like he has let the fans down, as a Fedor fan myself.. I can say he didn’t let me down because it takes a real men to accept a loss like that.

    Either way I hope this loss motivates Fedor to keep training hard and stay fighting, hopefully this loss delayed his retirement.. can’t wait to see him come back from this.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Japanegro23/ japanegro23

    But people will still hate…. Why? He’s usually the smaller fighter. He is always humble. He didn’t have any excuses for his loss. He should be more of a role model but he always has haters. What’s to hate? I can understand people arguing the fact that he is the best but to really just root against him….? What’s wrong with people these days?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Postmortem/ postmortem

    to me this kinda symbolizes the end of an era chucks and big nog’s chin are gone randy, hendo and wandy are shadows of their former selves cro crop is retiring and now fedor loses. instead of belittling these fighters for getting old we should remember what made them great and in the process made us fans of mma. once again fcuk all you haters

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Conan/ Conan

    We would a see another great comeback story of all times!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Wolfi/ Wolfi

    Hmmm… rematch. It almost seems like a plot to dodge Overeem. Fedor will avange his loss and retire afterwards. 😀

    Just kidding.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Asklepius/ Asklepius

    Sorry man, but be smart is not be afraid. Anderson knows he is one of the best fighters on stand up game, and if he can fight on his feet, he will. Maia should have led the fight to the ground and not only have fallen to the ground.

    Fedor is great, I’m Fedor fan, but last night, Werdum’s star was shining.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Khmerkickboxing/ khmerkickboxing

    FEDOR could of won the fight….he rush in …not thinking that he’s dealing with a BJJ black belt..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Partyboy/ partyboy

    listen, theres something you (and all other fedor fans) need to understand about ppl who hate on fedor
    iv beeen critical of fedor before and so have a lot of people, but i do respect him as a fighter…he has an amazing legacy/ record/ the lot, he IS a legend…however what really irks me is the irrational behaviour of a lot of his fans…they claim he is still the best HW and dont even entertain the idea that he could lose to the likes of brock or carwin…as an mma fan i would LOVE to see him in the ufc as would everybody, but he would lose there…i just dont believe he could beat cain, jds, carwin AND brock without losing, and i believed that before the werdum fight

    basically to summarise i respect fedor hugely, but i believe he is no longer the no.1 HW and honestly, the attitude of his fans, that blindly defend him and refuse to accept any argument put against fedor is really annoying and probably the main reason for all the ‘fedor haters’

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Predatory/ Predatory

    I think he believed Werdum was hurt after the knockdown so he swarmed on him. He got caught, he should learn from it and come back hard. If it could never happen to a seasoned fighter, why would anyone train BJJ?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Thefuryy/ thefuryy

    LOL!! where are the fedor fans now uh!


  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Santiagodraco/ santiagodraco

    Fedor is still, arguably, the top heavyweight, in spite of what you say. Anyone who tries to deny what he’s accomplished is fooling themselves, and are doing so if they apply the same to the future. Remember, Fedor generally fights fighters larger and stronger than him and wins. Not because they are weak but because he is smarter, faster and more skilled, almost to the point where all his moves are instinct. There’s very few other fighters that can claim that. This includes stand up AND on the ground.

    No one can win every fight. Everyone loses eventually. One mistake and you can lose, just as Fedor did. Does that make Werdum the better fighter? Last night yes, but overall? Hardly. Had Fedor been a bit more patient last night he would have won. But in my view the pressure of his legacy, and likely a desire to show he can end fights quickly if he chooses, made him rush into this recklessly.

    Fedor IS the best. But certainly when you pit a highly skilled fighter against him, such as we could see in an Overeem or Lesnar, who also outweighs him by 30-40 pounds of pure muscle, and has height and reach of several inches, then he could lose again. Not because he’s the lesser man, but because it’s pretty hard to counter a person who is so much more stronger and larger and skilled.

    But we’ll see what the future holds. Let’s hope that the chumps like Dana White who prefer to encite hate for those he can’t acquire will not lessen the legacy of the greatest MMA fighter of all time.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Japanegro23/ japanegro23


    Hating Fedor and hating Fedor fans should be totally seperate things right? Some people like myself has already said he would probably lose to Brock and Shane. They are huge and combined with their abilities makes them beasts. Seriously partyboy… what sense does it make to hate someone because of their fans? That doesn’t make sense at all. In previous posts I said people can like or dislike fighters for whatever reason though so I guess this thinking should be ok in my book.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/SpiderSilva/ SpiderSilva

    God must be a comedian because I cant stop laughing after lastnight

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/T99/ T99

    now he’s blaming god, so much for being justa man,

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Colktfo/ colktfo

    God’s will? i thought fedor was god

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Valkyr/ Valkyr

    It was Gods will. God’s truly blessed this man

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Valkyr/ Valkyr

    people are drawn to ****y fighters. Ali and Tyson for example, Brock also fits the bill. It’s not normal for us in America to see a Heavyweight who wins and is humble, and to spin more people on their head a guy who is short for a heavyweight and a bit pudgy. It’s good though, makes us look at ourselfs and our perceptions on people :)

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Partyboy/ partyboy

    heres the thing (as i see it)…most people like fedor, but some say that he isnt no.1 and there are guys who will beat him (which is fair enough, they are entitled to their own opinion) but when you criticise fedor in anyway on this website, your comment gets loads of ‘weaks’ and lots of people start abusing you purely because you have insulted fedor…i for one find this really annoying and i can understand why people would start taking a harsher view on fedor when hes got the kind of pathological supporters that he has….i mean when you think of it your pointing out the people who criticise, but what about he guys who write stupid abusive coments defending him?its a viscous circle…both parties are entitled to their opinions, but fedors fans are so obsesed with him that they take every criticism personally and react….well thats just my take it on it anyway…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/BlueClearSky/ BlueClearSky

    Fedor first loss just like Mir caught Lesnar for arm bar and rematch Lesnar totally dominated the fight,don’t assume too earlies Fedor washed up,he just needed a lesson to motivate himself come back stronger like GSP. Think positive got nothing to do with God will .lol God don’t blessed you to beat up someone to win or loses . imo
    I credited Werdum with the technique and passion for the win

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/BlueClearSky/ BlueClearSky

    Fedor first loss just like Mir caught Lesnar for arm bar and rematch Lesnar totally dominated the fight,don’t assume too earlies Fedor washed up,he just needed a lesson to motivate himself come back stronger like GSP. Think positive got nothing to do with God will .lol God don’t blessed you to beat up someone to win or loses . imo
    I credited Werdum with the technique and passion for the win

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Pound4pound/ pound4pound

    I agree with you, he made a mistake when he was trying to finish a fight something we have not seen for a while from the other 2 guys that are being called the best poun4pound, it is his first true lose, that does puts him a step back in the current MMA HW ranking but it does not take anything away from his legacy, he will always be the most dominant HW that has ever existed.

    He made a mistake and paid for it, props to Werdum, the only sad thing I see about this is that not even like this people are giving JDS the respect he deserves.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Japanegro23/ japanegro23


    You might be right. I follow you. I know you are a smart dude. This is not completely of the subject but a little. In my opinion the people that attack Fedor and his fans only attack the fanatics. The people who are irrational and won’t see anything bad about Fedor are the people that get all comments and arguements. Someone like me on the other hand can say something smart and well written and no one ever argues with me about Fedor. Don’t believe me? Check out previous threads. Its annoying to have someone write “Fedor is the greatest of all time!” only to have someone just reply back “stfu nuthugger.” That doesn’t add anything to the arguement. To me the Fedor attackers have become just as bad as the fanatics. You are right about the vicious circle. It will always be that way. People are passionate about their fighters and sports in general.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Tchelnik/ Tchelnik

    in your mom’s bedroom

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JohnnyVe2/ JohnnyVe2

    Why is that funny?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Procommentator/ procommentator

    The really funny thing about saying Fedor has “safe matches” is the notion that the UFC heavyweights doesn’t have that.

    The only veterans in UFC HW is Mir, Nog, Cheick and Couture (now LHW). The rest are new fighters. All the veterans are not big names in HW except for Nog at his prime. He is way off his prime.

    UFC with their marketing machine is able to pull off new fighter vs new fighter = best in HW. It’s absolutely nonsense. I do feel Carwin and Dos Santos can potentially be great (although we haven’t seen Santos’ groudgame yet) but they haven’t proven it yet. Look at Carwin’s list of fighter, those are far “safer fights”. He didn’t even have to touch the next hyped new fighter in UFC, Valesquez, to be called P2P.

    UFC new fighters need SF HW more than the other way round.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Jon123nepalikid/ jon123nepalikid

    its because u live in a society where God doesnt exist anymore…north americans rarely believe in God bcuz they dont have time for God anymore…its always 9-5…u should travel to other countries and u’ll realize religion plays a vital role in everyday life..its not just Fedor; Manny Pacquiao is another great example of a fighter who believes that God contributes to his wins
    btw i also credit werdum to his bjj skills on his win; i just think u misinterpreted wat Fedor was trying to say

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Jon123nepalikid/ jon123nepalikid

    Fedor fan since 2004; took 10 years to loose a fight which he got caught by submission; not decision nor KO; so yea we still here giving full support..i assume ur a brock fan then who lost in his 2nd fight and is now considered no.1? hahaha

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Jon123nepalikid/ jon123nepalikid

    we on the same page man…i just dont understand these haters…its not bout how or when a fighter loses; its about cheering for ur fighter and appreciating their skills

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Gameon/ gameon

    well i am not fedors fan but judging by the record with 1 official loss he is the best fighter in the world for sure…….

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Partyboy/ partyboy

    this is true, your a fan of his but your not irrational, i think dan the moderator is the same…hes a big fan of fedor but hes not one of the guys that get all abusive etc….i mean im not his biggest fan but i definitely acknowlege what hes done, i mean who couldnt?hes a true legend and i think that every1 does respect him, but a lot of people just dont understand why he wont come to the ufc, even his fans i think…i mean every1 has their opinions about dana but theres no doubts that EVERYBODY would benefit from seeing fedor fight guys lke jds…i hope that now hes been beaten any fear he may have had is gone and he’ll come and fight these guys, especially since a fight with overeem is unlikely for the time being…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/TheRealDeal/ TheRealDeal

    More like “Werdum’s will”. Werdum came in and executed and that’s basically that. As much as I like Fedor there is no need for a rematch because it was not a controversial or close decision, but a clear cut victory for Werdum. Give the guy his credit and let’s move on……

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/SumHo/ SumHo

    Next time he should not enter Verdum’s triangle choke with the notion it is solely up to God to win the fight or not.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Rane/ Rane

    That is what separates Fedor from the rest. He is strong in faith and stays humble regardless of the outcome. He does not give a shit about material things, rankings, or what people say about him. His legacy was long secured in the sport of MMA. He lost, no big deal, now let’s wait for the comeback.


  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Gameon/ gameon

    if gsp had a rematch against sierra and matt huges why not fedor he definately deserves a rematch….

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Madnessstill/ Madnessstill

    You know the site is overrun with fools when this guy can say something so insanely uneducated, and be celebrated for it. I mean the guy FINALLY gets caught jumping into guard after all this time….and you chastize someone else for what was PROVEN to be a valid strategy, and will probably be emulated by your so-called greatest MMA fighter ever.

    Fedor was the best heavyweight yes, win or lose he’s still the most skilled. P4p champ? No, sorry. Best fighter ever? Pick up a damn book. Best MMA fighter ever? Somehow i don’t think he’d benefit from the No-holds barred environtment that Royce gracie was undefeated in, the one with headbutts and groin shots, given that he bleeds easily.

    You don’t have to nuthug to be a fan, so stop being so ignorant or just don’t post. It’s foolish for a fighter to intentionally put themselves at their greatest disadvantage, Fedor himself would surely tell you that.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Madnessstill/ Madnessstill

    People hate on Fedors stupid fans. Fedor knows his fans are stupid, that’s why he’s probably relieved to lose because now fanboys can stop saying “omg this man can’t lose, he’s the God of fighting” and other BS, or turn him into something he’s clearly not.

    If you want to know why people “hate” on fedor, re-read your post, and then read alot of other posts by guys like you, and then actually,for the first time; do some RESEARCH and look at the validity of your claims.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/BlueClearSky/ BlueClearSky

    No body talked about don’t believe in God here ,people using God name for whatever it is normally stupid and retarded