Fedor Emelianenko May Have Fought For The Last Time
We may have seen the legendary Fedor Emelianenko’s fighting career come to an end on Saturday at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva” at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
“The Last Emperor” suffered his second loss in a row to Antonio Silva in the opening round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament via doctor stoppage.
The former Pride Champion may have announced his retirement following the loss.
“Something went wrong from the very beginning, and I couldn’t readjust myself. Maybe it’s time to leave,” Emelianenko said in his post-fight interview.
“Yes, maybe it’s the last time,” added Fedor. “Maybe it’s God’s will.”
The first round was competitive with big punches being exchanged and each having their moments on the ground.
Silva secured a takedown in the opening seconds of the second round and took over the fight. He quickly passed Emelianenko’s guard and mounted him, delivering punishing punches in the process.
At one point, Silva looked like he was about to submit the Russian with an anaconda choke, but Emelianenko escaped.
The damage suffered from the barrage of shots delivered by Silva on the ground prompted the cageside physician to stop the fight between the first and second rounds. Emelianenko’s right eye was swollen shut.