Strikeforce Grand Prix Results: Antonio Silva Destroys Fedor Emelianenko: Somewhere UFC president Dana White was smiling, as Strtikeforce Results kicked off its Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament with a huge upset. In the main event of the evening, huge MMA Betting Odds underdog Antonio “Big Foot” Silva [+270] handed former pound-for-pound king, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko [-370] the third loss of his career in battering fashion.
Giving up a considerable amount of weight, height and reach, the Russian was outclassed by the determined Brazilian, who implemented his gameplan to perfection. But Fedor fans thought they had seen this movie before, where their hero gets beaten to a pulp, only to come back and pull off a dramatic win but not this time.
After a very close first round, which I gave 10-9 to Silva, Big Foot charged as if to push Fedor against the cage to wear him out. Sensing that strategy, Emelianenko threw a wild right hook, at which time Silva ducked underneath and successfully completed the takedown that would decide the fight.
On his back, Fedor was controlled by the larger beast, who dished out some brutal ground-and-pound, combined with respectable submission attempts. The low of the night for Fedor came when Big Foot mounted him, and started dropping bombs to Emelianenko’s mug, which resulted in the former champ having his right eye shut completely.
“A lot of people say he has the strength of a bear,” Silva said during his Strikeforce Results post-fight press conference. “But I have the strength of a Bigfoot.”
Despite escaping the second round, Fedor was so beaten and his eye so swollen that officials had no choice but to stop the fight and give Silva the victory by TKO due to a doctor’s stoppage. And just like that, the legend of Fedor was defeated once again and talks of retirement immediately began surfacing.
“Fedor always comes back,” said Strikeforce Results promoter, Scott Coker. “As for retirement, people get emotional. … I expect he’ll be back. You never know, he could come back [into the tournament] if there’s an injury.”
What are you waiting for? Register for our Free Sports Picks Newsletter and get UFC predictions to your email every Fight Night!