Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva scored the biggest win of his career last night during the opening round of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix by handing Fedor Emelianenko his second straight defeat.
“I came into this fight and everyone said ‘Fedor, Fedor, Fedor,’” said Silva after the bout. “But I showed to the world what I can do.”
Silva, who came in to the cage with a 34 lb. advantage, had trouble with the Russian legend in the first round, with two of the judges scoring the round for Fedor. Silva turned the tide for good at the start of the second round, when the former EliteXC heavyweight champion took Fedor to the ground at that start and spent the reminder of the round pummeling Emelianenko while trying to score a submission.
“A lot of people say he has the strength of a bear,” Silva said at the post-fight press conference. “But I have the strength of a Bigfoot.”
While Silva was dominant in victory, he remained humble, telling the last holder of the PRIDE heavyweight championship that “he was number one, that he is still number one and that he would always be number one.”
“There will never be a fighter like him,” he said. “He was a great, great champion. I hope he doesn’t retire.
“I got some great advice from Fabricio Werdum, who forced Fedor to tap out last year,” he noted. “The game plan was to take him down and ground and pound.”
With the win, Silva advances to the semi-finals of the tournament where he is expected to face the winner of the Alistair Overeem – Fabricio Werdum quarterfinal fight.