Fabricio Werdum reveals 'advanced' talks for Fedor Emelianenko rematch

Fabricio Werdum aims to finish Fedor Emelianenko via submission in their rematch
Fabricio Werdum aims to finish Fedor Emelianenko via submission in their rematch
Johny Payne
Modified 10 Oct 2020

Fabricio Werdum is coming off a first-round submission victory over Alexander Gustafsson whom he faced at UFC Fight Island 3 in July of this year.

The aforesaid victory marked Werdum’s departure from the UFC, as it was the final fight on his contract with the organization and he’d previously indicated that he wouldn’t be re-signing with the UFC and would instead test the waters of free agency.

Fabricio Werdum reveals that talks for a rematch against Fedor Emelianenko are in the advanced stages

Speaking to Canal Encarada, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum opened up a potential rematch against MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko in Bellator MMA.

Fabricio Werdum revealed that his manager Ali Abdelaziz has been in talks with Bellator to work towards negotiating the former’s rematch against Emelianenko. Werdum stated –

“(The talks) really are advanced. Ali went there last week, had the talk, and now it’s a matter of Fedor accepting.”
“And he said the other day in an interview that he wanted to do this rematch as well. Since I have a huge respect for Fedor, I’d definitely give him a rematch — not only for that, but also the financial side, the promotion, the whole history we had.” (*H/T MMA Fighting for the quotes)

Fedor Emelianenko is widely regarded as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time and is well-known for his winning streak that lasted for about 10 years until it was finally broken by Werdum.

Werdum faced Emelianenko in the Strikeforce promotion and ended up delivering one of the biggest upsets in MMA history by submitting Emelianenko via a triangle armbar.

The bout lasted only 69 seconds and was followed by Emelianenko’s career witnessing a downward spiral; whereas Werdum eventually went on to win the UFC Heavyweight Title.

Fabricio Werdum asserted that should Emelianenko accept a rematch against him, it’d be a high-profile main event matchup – Werdum emphasized that he’d once again submit Emelianenko.

Besides, Werdum added that he’s not being disrespectful but truly believes that’s how the rematch would pan out.

Werdum noted that the rematch would be tough just like his first encounter with Emelianenko, recalling that back then no one believed he could beat the Russian MMA icon and chants of ‘The Emperor’ (referring to Emelianenko’s moniker, ‘The Last Emperor’) echoed throughout the arena.

Moreover, Fabricio Werdum explained that he could likely bid adieu to active MMA competition after his fight against Emelianenko, adding lightheartedly that he and Emelianenko – who’s also rumored to be retiring this year – could then have tequilas together and enjoy their respective retirements.

The consensus in the MMA community is that Bellator MMA President Scott Coker believes that it’d be a travesty if Emelianenko’s final fights were to take place without a live audience – However, Emelianenko seemingly has no qualms in competing in empty arena matches.

Can Fabricio Werdum defeat Fedor Emelianenko in the rematch?

Fedor Emelianenko last competed in December of 2019, scoring an emphatic first-round TKO victory over former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

Emelianenko’s long and storied career has borne witness to him facing the best in the world over the course of many years. Needless to say, the physical toll it’s taken on the legendary fighter simply cannot be understated.

That said, Fabricio Werdum too has been the recipient of a considerable amount of damage in his career, particularly in his most recent fights, and has accumulated a significant degree of wear and tear on his body.

Considering that, it’d be safe to say that the outcome of the rematch between Werdum and Emelianenko would be rather tough to predict.

Do you concur with Fabricio Werdum’s opinion that he’d beat Fedor Emelianenko in their rematch? Sound off in the comments.

Published 10 Oct 2020
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