Everything was going according to plan; Fedor walked out to that creepy Russian opera music, wearing the stoic facial expression that can only be changed by the delight of soft-served ice cream. The broadcast team sat silent in awe of the sports’ greatest combatant for the entire opening half-minute of the fight, only to be broken by laughter as Fedor floored Werdum with a flurry of patented looping punches. The Russian dove to the ground after the Brazillian jiu jitsu champ, smelling blood and looking to make it a short night of work, but then something we’ve never seen… Fedor tapped to an iron-tight triangle choke. Holy shit.
Fedor Emelianenko lost his throne Saturday night via triangle choke at 1:09 of the first round. You can stop pinching yourself, it really did happened, and unfortunately there’s video evidence.