Fedor Emelianenko has lost.
You've read that correctly.
Saturday night at "Strikeforce/M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum," Emelianenko fell victim to a first-round triangle choke at the hands of Fabricio Werdum at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Emelianenko appeared to rock Werdum, dropping him to his back. He aggressively went down to finish but was almost immediately caught in an armbar. He fought that off but Werdum switched it to a triangle choke while also still working on the arm. Emelianenko held off as long as he could before tapping on Werdum's leg, signaling to referee John McCarthy he was done at 69 seconds of the first round.
The loss is Emelianenko's first loss since Dec. 22, 2000 and moves his record to 31-2 with one no contest. It is by far the biggest win of Werdum's career, as he moves his record to 14-4-1. It is his third straight win in Strikeforce.
SBN coverage of Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum