Esther LinStrikeforce

first_imgEsther Lin/Strikeforce On February 12, 2011, Fedor Emelianenko stepped into the Strikeforce cage for the third time and first since his shocking loss to Fabricio Werdum eight months prior. Up against another Brazilian in Antonio Silva, Fedor was once again faced with the characteristic task of toppling a fighter far bigger than himself.Sadly, however, he would instead find himself battered and bruised throughout the duration of the fight, so much so that the doctor brought an end to the proceedings following the end of the second round. The ‘Last Emperor’s’ face had taken on a bluish hue from the bruising and he could no longer see out of his right eye.Now, over four years later, the legendary Russian heavyweight announced his return to MMA, which sparked a feverish reaction from fans and pundits alike, as well as heavyweight fighters looking to etch their names in history. Even Bigfoot offered some positive words on Fedor shortly following the announcement.”This is great news,” Silva told “I never hid the fact that I am a big fan of your legendary fighter. Fedor is certainly a great athlete and a person worthy of respect. His return is a great moment, as he is a real legend.”Interestingly enough, Silva, who is 1-3 (1) over his past five fights, also revealed that he would be open to a rematch against Fedor if the Russian offers his services to the UFC. More: White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for him Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Overeem: After 2005, who did Fedor fight? ‘He fought cans’ In this Storystream Accessories Gloves UFC 240: Fights to make Standard Ranked Rashguard Bigfoot open to rematch against Fedor MMA Beat on Fedor, UFC 189, Aldo vs. McGregor Bloody Elbow Apparel Good Night Tee Latest From MMA Warehouse UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler fight card Latest From Our Partners Gordon Ryan Competition Kit White on Nunes-Cris rematch: ‘That’s the fight I want to make’ King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt “If Fedor would sign a contract with the UFC, I do not see any problems [with a rematch].” Lockdown duffle bag Top Contenders for Fight of the Year ProMax 440 BJJ GI View all 99 stories Standard BJJ Gi Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Sale More From Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Conor lashes out at Herb Dean, says Khabib was ‘riddled in panic’ during bus attack Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko is coming out of retirement Robert Whittaker hails ‘Wonderboy’ the best ‘outside fighter’ in MMAlast_img read more