MMA legend Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko tasted legitimate defeat for the second straight time in his career tonight at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva.
Emelianenko was defeated by Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the opening round of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix heavyweight tournament tonight. While he stayed competitive in the first round of the fight, winning the round on two of the judges scorecards, he found himself completely dominated in the second frame. All three judges awarded the second round to Silva, with one judge scoring the round 10-8 in favor of “Bigfoot.”
Emelianenko’s right eye was completely shut at the conclusion of the second round, forcing the doctor to put a stop to the contest. Silva was awarded the fight via TKO.
“Something went wrong from the very beginning,” said Emelianenko after the fight through a translator. “Maybe it’s time to leave.”
When pressed further and asked if this was the last time that we will see him compete in the cage, he responded that it may be.
“Maybe it’s the last time, maybe it’s high time,” he said. “Thank God for everything. I’ve had a great sporting life. Maybe it’s God’s will.”
The loss was Emelianenko’s second legitimate loss, after having suffered a shocking submission loss to Fabricio Werdum last summer. With the loss, Emelianenko’s record falls to 32-3 (1 NC).
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