Just hours after Antonio Silva made Fedor Emelianenko’s right eye look like THIS, M-1 Global director of operations Evgeni Kogan confirmed his client did not suffer a broken orbital bone on Saturday in New Jersey.
“Fedor was checked last night and seemed fine this morning, in good spirits and walking around in sunglasses like a Hollywood star,” Kogan told Mike Chiappetta of MMAFighting.
More like a Russian superstar, but we get the point.
The action was hot and heavy from the opening bell, as both fighters came out with guns blazing. Although he was awarded the 1stRound by two of the three judges, it was the last thing to go right for Emelianenko last night.
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. 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.
Although “The Last Emperor” suggested his fight against Silva could serve as his last, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker and M-1 president Vadim Finkelchtein believe Fedor would decide to resume his illustrious career once the dust settles.
It’s a decision Kogan expects to be made sooner rather than later.
“They’re going back to Russia tomorrow, and I think things should become clear over the next month or so about the future,” Kogan added.
Unfortunately, “next month or so” could translate to forever-and-a-day in M-1 Global time. Regardless, Emelianenko was issued a 90-day medical suspension by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.