With a blink of an eye (no pun intended), Fedor Emelianenko went from fabulous to farce. While he may have gotten “caught” in a submission loss to Fabricio Werdum last June, Antonio Silva’s mauling on Saturday solidified “The Last Emperor’s” bogus resume.
Or did it…
Clearly, the biggest story to emerge from Strikeforce’s show is Emelianenko’s second consecutive defeat, as opposed to “Bigfoot’s” biggest accomplishment. However, let’s not discredit who the Russian lost to before we start pointing the fugazy finger.
Silva bumped his record to an impressive 16-2 following his upset over Emelianenko. Furthermore, the Brazilian has ended 14 of his victims before the final horns have sounded. Parlay that, with the overwhelming size advantage he enjoyed this weekend in New Jersey, and it’s much easier to put his quarterfinals win into perspective.
Forget that Fedor was a 5.5-to-1 favorite to dispose of Silva and advance to the next round of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix. Unless he had another 55 pounds of muscle to take with him into the 2ndRound, he stood no chance – which was precisely why he found himself staring up the IZOD Center ceiling for the rest of the fight.
Was Silva’s whopping weight advantage the only reason he was able to shock the world? No.
Did it play a significant part in his victory? Absolutely.
Should two consecutive losses, which didn’t take place in the UFC anyway, discredit an entire life’s work? Nyet!
After PLUMMETING his record to 31-3 (1 NC), Emelianenko saw his bandwagon quickly dissipate. While his detractors have come out in droves, he didn’t coincidentally rattle off 27 straight wins over a 10-year span prior to his last two outings.
It’s not as though he was beating the worst cans Japan had to offer. It wasn’t until recently the UFC beefed up their heavyweight division (Remember the countless Tim Sylvia vs. Andrei Arlovski battles of yesteryear?), so Emelianenko was posting wins over most the world’s best at the time.
Speaking of time, the 34-year-old believes his might be up. If Emelianenko indeed calls it a wrap on his MMA career, whose heavyweight resume is more GOAT worthy than his?
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