After suffering only the third loss of his illustrious career, Fedor Emelianenko suggested it might be time to hang up his MMA gloves. While Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix was designed to showcase his skills, Antonio Silva opted to flip the script and turn the tournament upside down.
The action was hot and heavy from the opening bell, as both fighters came out with guns blazing. While Emelianenko owns the more impressive resume, his game plan wasn’t anything more intricate than what street fighting legend Kimbo Slice would have conjured up.
Although he was awarded the 1stRound by two of the three judges, it was the last thing to go right for Emelianenko on Saturday. He was immediately planted on his back at the beginning of the second round and stared up at the IZOD Center ceiling for the rest of the night.
Speaking of seeing, Silva battered Emelianenko’s eye so badly while in the full-mount that it was practically sealed shut by the time 10 minutes was up. As he headed back to his corner, the cage-side doctor determined Emelianenko wouldn’t be able to continue and called the contest before the final round began.
“Something went wrong from the very beginning and I didn’t manage to readjust myself,” Emelianenko said after posting his second consecutive loss. “Maybe it’s the time to leave. Maybe it’s high time.
“Thank you for everything. I spent a great, beautiful, long sporting life. Maybe it’s God’s will.”
Courtesy of his PrideFC days, “The Last Emperor” will go down as the best mixed martial artist to ever compete in Japan. Unfortunately for Strikeforce, the Russian’s success didn’t translate stateside and the Emelianenko Express has come to a screeching halt.
He owns an impressive 31-3 (1 NC) record and is 34 years of age. Prior to his last two defeats, Emelianeko had won 27 straight fights and hadn’t lost in nearly a decade.