Although March Madness doesn’t officially jump off for another few weeks, Antonio Silva has served up the biggest upset any tournament will likely see this year.
Fedor Emelianenko was more than a 5-to-1 favorite to dispose of the Brazilian and advance to the semifinals of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix. More importantly, it would leave fans one step away from witnessing the mega-fight to end all mega-fights should Alistair Overeem beat Fabricio Werdum in his quarterfinals match on April 9th.
Unfortunately for Emelianenko, Cinderella’s glass slipper fit perfectly on “Bigfoot” on Saturday night inside the IZOD Center in New Jersey. After a fast and furious 1stRound, which included very little technical work and an abundance of wild wheeling and dealing, Silva immediately took things to the canvas in the second stanza.
After enduring nearly five full minutes of brutality, Emelianenko wandered back to his corner with a severely swollen right eye. After being examined by the cage-side physician, it was determined the Russian wouldn’t be able to continue.
Game. Set. Match. Silva advances to the semifinals.
“I trained hard for this fight with my camp,” Silva stated. “All the people say, ‘Fedor, Fedor, Fedor.’ I trained too hard, and I showed it to the world now. I want the best heavyweights in the world.”
After tipping the scales at 264 pounds on Friday, it was reported Silva packed on another 20lbs. by the time the curtain was drawn and he introduced himself to the world. Emelianenko clocked in at his customary 230ish and weighed about the same for the fight.
Following the first two-fight losing streak of his illustrious career, Emelianenko suggested it might be time to call it quits.