New York City, New York (June 27, 2010) After suffering his first loss in nearly a decade to the highly touted ADCC champion and submission specialist Fabricio Werdum on Saturday night’s co-produced Strikeforce event, which aired on Showtime, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko made it clear that he will use this loss to learn and reflect with intentions to return to action as soon as possible; resuming his position as one the greatest mixed martial artists of all time.
“Who does not fall that does not arise,” says Fedor. “I was quick to attack Werdum on the ground and committed a fatal error against a prominent opponent. I believe in my abilities as a fighter and will return to my training with a newfound outlook. I will use this moment to reflect and return stronger to fight in America.” While putting the evening into perspective Emelianenko told reporters,”It happens so that I was made an idol. Everybody loses. That happens. I’m an ordinary human being as all of us are.”
M-1 Global will be speaking with Strikeforce with the intention of establishing a rematch with Werdum in October of this year; “Fedor is a strong fighter and no one truly expected Fedor to lose tonight but fights are fights and we must regroup and make our plan for a new future,” says M-1 Global’s co-founder, Vadim Finklestein. “I think a rematch with Werdum will bring a different outcome than what we witnessed this evening and would be in the best interests of the promotions and for the sport. This is an opportunity for us to learn and evolve.”
As a global mixed martial arts company committed to driving the evolution of the sport and showcasing match-ups that the fans deserve to see, M-1 Global and Fedor Emelianenko will gather as a group and assess Saturday night’s result; from here out, M-1 will establish a new and more engaging history in order to transition and lead the sport of mixed martial arts further into the 21st century.
About M-1 Global:
Founded in 1998 by Vadim Finkelchtein and Sergey Matvienko, M-1 Global has established itself in the realm of mixed martial arts (MMA) as the premiere entity for discovering and developing the world’s next-generation of superstar fighters. With offices in St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles and affiliates in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Tokyo and Paris, the M-1 brand stages its M-1 Selection, M-1 Challenge, M-1 Breakthrough events worldwide and its co-produced Strikeforce events in the United States; captivating the live, television and broadband audiences with its superior production values and match-ups.
M-1 Global’s greatest asset is the number one heavyweight fighter in mixed martial arts history , Fedor Emelianenko. With daily coverage on all MMA-related websites in the world, and articles in Time Magazine, LA times and New York times, Fedor and M-1 Global make a lifetime match serving as the catalyst to grow MMA in the 21st century.