MMAJunkie.com is reporting that a reliable source close to the fighter has revealed that Russian MMA legend Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko is currently in talks to face Brazilian fighter Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in his next bout, the last under his current Strikeforce contract. The source said that the Emelianenko-Silva bout, should it come to fruition, will likely take place at an as-yet-unannounced December 4th Strikeforce event.
Emelianenko, widely considered to be one of the best fighters in the world, was shockingly upset this past June when he was submitted in the first round of a bout against Brazilian grappling specialist Fabricio Werdum. Many consider the loss to be Emelianenko’s first legitimate defeat, his only other loss coming by way of a cut caused by an illegal strike. With a professional record of 31-2 and with wins over the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice), Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Ricardo Arona, Matt Lindland, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, Kazuyuki Fujita and Renato “Babalu” Sobral, it is easy to see why many considered Emelianenko to be the best mixed martial artist alive. All eyes will be on “The Last Emperor” in his next bout to see whether his submission loss was simply a slip up or if it is indicative of aging taking it’s toll or of a waning desire to compete.
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who suffers from Acromegaly (a condition characterized by the enlargement of some body parts and is caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland), holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 14-2 and holds notable wins over Justin Eilers, Ricco Rodriguez, and, most recently, Andrei Arlovski. Silva defeated Arlovski via unanimous decision this past May at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery to bounced back from a unanimous decision loss to Fabricio Werdum.