“Sambo is great. Jiu-jitsu is nothing special. We went over several jiu-jitsu guys like that before. I lost because of what happened. My loss was caused by my personal mistake in the cage… I lost my head. Wanted to finish it all as soon as possible… As far as the rumours about my last fight being set up… I was asked about it many times already. I will never go against my conscience and never betray my country like that. Money doesn’t matter that much to me that I could lie to people. Since I lost to Werdum, it was meant to be. And I’m thankful to God it happened that way.”

—Fedor Emelianenko talking to Gazta.ru, via Fighters Only, about his loss to Fabricio Werdum

Strikeforce and M-1 Global officials are expected to meet for the second time this weekend to discuss Fedor Emelianenko’s next fight and future with Strikeforce. Fedor told Gazta.ru that he didn’t care who he fights next, whether it be a rematch with Fabricio Werdum or a fight against Alistair Overeem, however Vadim Finkelstein interjected, saying they want Werdum so they can “set things back the way they were.”

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