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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antônio Silva

Main Event | Tournament Quarter-Finals | 265 lbs | MMA

Antônio Silva defeats Fedor Emelianenko via KO/TKO at 5:00 of Round 2

Mmaweekly large Antônio "BigFoot" Silva
Mmaweekly large "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko

Round 2

Antônio Silva Fedor Emelianenko

"BigFoot" "The Last Emperor"

15-2-0   Pro Record At Fight   31-2-0
Climbed to 16-2   Record After Fight   Fell to 31-3
+325 (Moderate Underdog)   Betting Odds   -440 (Heavy Favorite)
Br Brazil   Nationality   Ru Russia
Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil   Fighting out of   Stary Oskol, Belgorod, Russia
31 years, 4 months, 4 weeks, 1 day   Age at Fight   34 years, 4 months, 2 weeks, 1 day
264.0 lbs (119.7 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   230.0 lbs (104.3 kgs)
6'4" (194cm)   Height   6'0" (183cm)
82.0" (208cm)   Reach   74.5" (189cm)
American Top Team   Gym   Alexander Nevsky (Stary Oskol)
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Strikeforce: Fedor vs Silva
  • Date: Saturday 02.12.2011 at 10:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Dan Miragliotta
  • Venue: IZOD Center
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 10 of 10)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Bas Rutten & Michael Schiavello (HDNet), Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranallo, Frank Shamrock (Showtime)
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Ron Kruck (HDNet), Gus Johnson (Showtime)
  • Emelianenko Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Silva Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Tournament: Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament
  • Tournament Round: Quarter-Finals
  • Event Links:

Emelianenko vs. Silva Wiki Update Wiki

In the main event of Strikeforce: Fedor vs Silva, Fedor Emelianenko took on Antonio Silva in a quarterfinal matchup in the organization's heavyweight tournament. Emelianenko came into the fight after his shocking upset loss to Fabricio Werdum, while Silva came in riding a two-fight win streak.

Silva jabbed early, and Fedor responded with his trademark powerful looping punches. Silva countered and landed in a tense first minute of action. Silva landed another low kick and then pushed Fedor up against the fence. The referee separated the fighters, and in the next exchange Silva popped Fedor with a hard punch that snapped his head back. Silva pushed Fedor against the cage again, and the fight went to the ground when Silva fell to his back to escape a guillotine choke. Fedor stood over Silva and dove into half-guard, landing some punches and then missing on a kimura attempt. Back to the feet and Silva landed another hard right hand that bloodied Fedor's nose, and again the fighters clinched. The fighters separated and exchanged a huge series of punches, difficult to tell how hurt either man was. The fighters fell to the ground with Silva on top as the exciting round ended.

Silva moved in with a takedown immediately to begin round two. Silva, from half guard, looked to land punches while Fedor avoided major damage. Silva passed to side controland then full mount, putting Emelianenko in dangerous position. Silva took Fedor's back and then full mount again, with Fedor look increasingly desperate to escape. Silva threw down punch after punch and then tightened up an arm triangle choke that looked tight. Fedor escaped yet was still stuck on his back, now with half-guard again. Both fighters looked tired as Fedor had his mouth wide open for air. Silva rolled for a kneebar, allowing Fedor to escape and attack for a heel-hook in a dramatic sequence. Silva leaned up and wagged his finger to indicate he was in no trouble, and the round expired.

In between rounds there was confusion as to whether or not the fight had been stopped due to the badly swollen right eye of Fedor. The result then became official, with the referee and doctor deeming Fedor was unfit to continue the bout. The victory gave Silva the biggest win of his career, and handed the second-straight loss to Emelianenko, who had looked a step slower than his old self throughout the fight.

Speaking to Gus Johnson in the post-fight interview, Bigfoot Silva commented "I trained hard in Boca Raton with my camp... All the people say Fedor, Fedor, Fedor... I showed the world now."

Emelianenko, given a chance also to speak to Gus Johnson, "Thank you very much for your love and support, something went wrong from the start, and maybe it's time to leave." Answering to a more direct follow up question of whether or not he would retire, "Yes maybe it's the last time... I had a great meaningful sports life, and maybe it's God's will... Thank you very much for your love and warm support."

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:47 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Interview  |  MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani - Fedor Emelianenko Interview Pt. 3 report dead link

    Ariel Helwani interviews Fedor Emelianenko prior to his bout with Antonio Silva in Strikeforce. Part 3.

  • Interview  |  MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani - Fedor Emelianenko Interview Pt. 2 report dead link

    Ariel Helwani interviews Fedor Emelianenko prior to his bout with Antonio Silva in Strikeforce. Part 2.

  • Interview  |  MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani - Fedor Emelianenko Interview Pt. 1 report dead link

    Ariel Helwani interviews Fedor Emelianenko prior to his bout with Antonio Silva in Strikeforce. Part 1.

  • Interview  |  Pre-Fight Video Interview with Antonio Silva report dead link

    Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva discusses his upcoming fight with Fedor Emelianenko at Strikeforce.

  • Training  |  Fedor Training Video by Strikeforce / Showtime report dead link

    Strikeforce brings us this look at Fedor Emelianenko's training camp for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in this training video.

Emelianenko vs. Silva Fighter Tweets

If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

Насчет продолжения или завершения карьеры решим в ближайшее время. Как Бог даст - так тому и быть
2 days, 12 hours, and 37 minutes
Всем огромное спасибо за добрые слова и пожелания. Я хотел продолжать бой, доктор сделал все возможное, но не получилось, к сожалению
2 days, 12 hours, and 35 minutes
Большое всем спасибо, если Бог даст, то завтра все будет хорошо
12 hours and 29 minutes
На взвешивании http://twitpic.com/3yzt08
12 hours and 30 minutes
Интервью перед взвешиванием http://twitpic.com/3yzsan
12 hours and 31 minutes
Участники турнира http://twitpic.com/3xzdp5
3 days, 14 hours, and 1 minute
Спасибо всем, кто вчера пришел на встречу, за поддержку и добрые слова!
3 days, 14 hours, and 3 minutes
Отец Леонид, я с иконой Курской Божией матери и отец Андрей http://twitpic.com/3xe8mw
5 days, 14 hours, and 13 minutes
Увидел и прикоснулся к иконе Курской Божией матери, огромная честь и отрадное событие для меня как для православного человека
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