FIGHT! Facts & Rankings: M-1 Global / Strikeforce Fedor vs. Werdum

FIGHT! Facts & Rankings: M-1 Global / Strikeforce Fedor vs. Werdum


(Team Fedor.)

Many men have talked confidently about how they will defeat Fedor Emelianenko but only one has backed up his words. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Fabricio Werdum used his superlative submission game to tap out Fedor just 69 seconds into their M-1 Global / Strikeforce main event bout, handing the Russian the first real loss of his MMA career (the other being a controversial cut stoppage). Full results and analysis of how M-1 Global / Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum affected our rankings are below.

FIGHT! Results

Fabricio Werdum def. Fedor Emelianenko by submission (armbar) at 1:09 of Round 1.
Cung Le def. Scott Smith by TKO (strikes) at 1:46 of Round 2.
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos def. Jan Finney by TKO (strikes) at 2:56 of Round 2.
Josh Thomson def. Pat Healy by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:27 of Round 3.
Chris Cope def. Ron Keslar by TKO (strikes) at 4:32 of Round 2.
Bret Bergmark def. Vagner Rocha by unanimous decision.
Yancey Medeiros def. Gareth Joseph by KO (punch) – Round 2, 1:19.
Bobby Stack def. Derrick Burnsed by split decision.

(Werdum does the unthinkable.)

Attendance & Gate

Strikeforce CEO announced attendance of 12,698 for a live gate of $1,066,739 at HP Pavilion.

FIGHT! Rankings

Fedor entered the night at the top of FIGHT!’s Heavyweight Rankings and slips just one spot with the loss, to #2. Fabricio Werdum jumped from #8to #4.

Cung Le and Scott Smith switched places in our Middleweight Rankings, with Le jumping up from #41 to replace Smith at #18, and Smith taking Le’s former spot at #41.

In Lightweight action, Josh Thomson wasn’t helped by his win over Pat Healy, and Healy wasn’t hurt much at all by the loss; Thomson stays put at #31 and Healy drops one spot, from #83 to #84. Bobby Stack enters our rankings at #54 with a win over unranked Derrick Burnsed.

While the anecdotal evidence clearly points to Cris “Cyborg” Santos being the top female MMA fighter in the world, FIGHT! does not currently rank female fighters because we believe that there is insufficient data available to accurately rank women in three divisions (flyweight, bantamweight, and featherweight). No other ranked fighters appeared on the card.

(Cyborg dominates Finney.)

FIGHT! Picks Recap

We are 65-35 with our picks in 2010.

Fedor Emelianenko (-525) vs Fabricio Werdum (+325)
FIGHT! Pick: Emelianenko Resulting Outcome:  INCORRECT

Cung Le (-270) vs Scott Smith (+210)
FIGHT! Pick: Le Resulting Outcome:  CORRECT

Cris Santos (-1500) vs Jan Finney (+750)
FIGHT! Pick: Santos Resulting Outcome:  CORRECT

Josh Thomson (-450) vs Pat Healy (+300)
FIGHT! Pick: Thomson Resulting Outcome:  CORRECT


  1. thats why i love mma anyone can be beat! dana and joe cut fabricio from the ufc, after getting ko’d and they were probably laughing about it. not any more! strikeforce is no longer a small show as dana puts it and hasnt been. dana is in denial because he cant monopolize mma. first of all there is too many fighters with too much talent. secondly these fighters at strikeforce arent concerned with the ufc they’ll fight anyone in the world. these fighters are about fighting! strikeforce cross promotes with dream, m-1 global just to start and womens mma. also these fighters can make more money for themselves in not being locked in and not being able to display the talent they have. this is my opinion coming from a true mma fan not just a ufc fan a big difference. congratulations fabricio congratulations strikeforce and finally congratulations to mma its not just about the ufc.

  2. Dude strikeforce are screwed without P4P # 1 Fedor… this is the last thing they wanted to happen! They have to try
    and salvage that he’s still number 1..

    They said the winner would get the title shot against overeem… so now who does fedor fight?

  3. I agree with Juan. Dana White promotes UFC as the only legit MMA league by the way he talks about his fighters, and the fighters in other leagues. STRIKEFORCE heavy weights dominate, with the likes of Fedor, Overeem, and now most certainly Werdum. UFC heavy weights are unproven, and while Fedor lost one, everyone loses from time to time. On any given night, anyone can lose in MMA. The result of Saturday’s main event reshuffled the deck in the STRIKEFORCE heavyweight division – either a rematch between Fedor and Werdum is possible or a rematch between Werdum and STRIKEFORCE Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem is possible

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