On June 26, 2010, Fabricio Werdum stepped across the cage from arguably the greatest fighter on the planet, Fedor Emelianenko. He was supposed to be nothing more than another victim for the ‘Last Emporer;' another notch under the Russian's belt; another casualty on the road to legend status.
However, as few could have anticipated beforehand, Werdum produced one of the most shocking upsets in MMA history when he forced the fighter with a 10-year win streak to tap in just 69 seconds.
Although it would take a while for Werdum to parlay that momentum into a win streak and UFC title shot, there was little doubt that the Brazilian had crossed the Rubicon - he could go on to do great things.
"Before when I fought in PRIDE, I was just fighting for fun," Werdum told Fox Sports. "Today, I have a lot of good training with Master Rafael (Cordeiro) and I remember back then I was just a jiu-jitsu guy. Now, I'm feeling so different. I had the fight with Travis Browne and everyone said 'he's going to kill Werdum standing up' and I said no, I kill him standing him. Versus Travis Browne I showed my stand-up. Versus Roy Nelson I showed my stand-up, too."
Now nearly five years removed from that remarkable victory against one f the sport's great champions, Werdum admit to feeling much the same "energy" ahead of his title fight unification bout against Cain Velasquez.
"My feeling in this fight is the same as when I beat Fedor (Emelianenko) in 2010," Werdum explained. "When I beat Fedor the date was June 26. The fight with Cain is June 13. I believe there's an energy about that. This is good. June is my month. Werdum time is coming up."
Transcription taken from Fox Sports.