June 18, 2011 |
Fabricio Werdum had his Buster Douglas moment, and he's confident the similarities stop there. Last June, Werdum shocked the mixed martial arts world with his upset of previously unbeaten Fedor Emelianenko — just as Douglas had done in boxing when he knocked out then-unbeaten heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990. What Douglas found — and couldn't handle — is that tomorrow comes. "The only good time was me winning the fight and them announcing me as the new heavyweight champion of the world," Douglas said in a telephone interview this week.
June 26, 2010 |
Reporting from San Jose -- The rapid turn of events that led Fabricio Werdum to claim perhaps the most shocking upset in mixed martial arts history Saturday night over Fedor Emelianenko is what makes fans of the growing sport so rabid. Anything can happen at any second. So it was Saturday at HP Pavilion, where a nearly full house was stunned as Emelianenko knocked Werdum to the mat in the opening seconds of the fight with a hard right hand, then found his head locked in a Werdum leg wrap.
June 25, 2010 |
Amid questions about his reasoning for not joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship and finding himself in the next-best organization on its next-best television network, Fedor Emelianenko stared pointedly at his interviewer. Piercing blue eyes glare forward. Lips burned by icy Russian winters flatten in a cold, expressionless face scarred by fighting. "I've seen that look," said Steve Bash, a Los Angeles representative of Emelianenko's promotional company, M-1. "It's like he's killed before."
May 29, 2010 |
When he bought the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Lorenzo Fertitta was sold not only on the organization's growth potential in producing compelling fights, but also on his notion that fans deserved more from major sports' ownership. In giving his UFC keynote speech to a crowd among the nearly 60,000 who piled into the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on Saturday, Fertitta detailed his latest steps in satisfying the masses. "There won't be a more interactive sport on television," Fertitta said.
November 10, 2009 |
A heavyweight fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Brock Lesnar is the bout most mixed martial arts fans want to see, but contractual obligations and medical problems are likely to prevent a showdown between the two for another year, Emelianenko's camp said Monday. Emelianenko survived a cut nose Saturday to retain his unofficial standing as the top MMA heavyweight in the world by defeating Brett Rogers in a second-round technical knockout. He closed the victory with a stand-up, right-handed punch, then pounced on Rogers to deliver a left-right combination on the canvas before the referee ended the fight.
November 8, 2009 |
Fedor Emelianenko stopped Brett Rogers in the second round in a Strikeforce M-1 Global heavyweight bout Saturday night. Emelianenko (31-1) landed a right hook that sent Rogers (10-1) down to the mat, and Emelianenko followed with a set of punches to Rogers' face. Referee John McCarthy ended the fight at 1:48 in the second round. "If Brett would like to have a rematch, why not?" Emelianenko said through an interpreter after the fight. The win didn't come easy for Emelianenko.