At the post-fight press conference, Werdum said the choke he caught Fedor with will be taught in his class next week for only $10. Classes are open to anyone. Werdum also gets the award for dropping the greatest plug in the history of MMA. Granted, the beauty of last Saturday is that it would take two submissions to defeat the greatest of all time.
In an interview with FiveKnuckles, Werdum says he’s not even interested in a title shot as it would be a step back in his career. He still wants to fight the greatest of all time and he wants to do it…in Russia.
“The expectations were high. I was well trained. Even though they changed the date of my fight, I didn’t stop training… They scheduled it for April, then for May, and I didn’t stop training, so, in fact, it end up being a good thing for me. I was physically great, 100% mentally, happy, gathered with my team, my family, my mom, my brother and my sister, the crew that came from Brazil, so the vibe was 100% positive. The guys from the event were upset because we made a lot of noise. The Athletic Commission wanted to give us a fine because we were making a huge mess, but we showed our happiness for everybody, it was a great vibe. And it was the fight I felt best about myself, I was at ease in the ring, in the dressing room, backstage, it was great.”
“What we wanted was the submission, the rest was all part of the strategy to go for the ground as soon as possible, even if he came forward, I wanted to go for the ground,” Werdum stated. “I couldn’t make up my mind if I would go for his arm or his neck. I went one way, he defended himself, and then I went the other way, so that double attack was great, because while he defended his neck, I got his arm and tightened the triangle… You can watch the video of the bout and you’ll see that I checked the feet, the shin, the arm, I checked it and I was going to stretch his arm right there. I grabbed his arm and he was about to tap out, but I didn’t work out, so I tightened the triangle and it worked.”
“I fell on the ground wanting to go there. It wasn’t a knockdown, not at all. I felt the blow, but it wasn’t that strong, I just lost my balance.”
“They told me they’d see (about the rematch), so let’s enjoy this win and maybe they’ll have me confront Overeem, but let’s see. I just beat the best of the world, I don’t want to take a step backwards and fight against Overeem. I want to fight against Fedor in 6 to 8 months from now in Russia, Rocky Balboa style.”
Also, to the chick who sat next to me in press row at the event. You didn’t have to instantly jump with your arms flailing the moment Werdum defeated Fedor proclaiming ‘I told you so! I knew it!’. We get it. You wanted attention, and now you have it…from thousands of people that will read this today and have no idea who you are. Oh, the irony. [Source]