Fedor Emelianenko is in a situation that he’s not all that familiar with. When he steps into the cage with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on Saturday night in New Jersey, Fedor walks in with the weight of a loss on his back.
Fabricio Werdum submitted Fedor this past June, stunning the mixed martial arts world.
The Russian Emperor makes his return, looking to get back to his dominant ways, after lengthy negotiations with Strikeforce and Showtime kept him out of the cage.
The fight against Silva is one of the first two quarterfinal bouts of Strikeforce’s eight-man World Heavyweight Grand Prix. The other, also taking place on Saturday night, is former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski versus Sergei Kharitonov. Also in the tournament, but fighting at a later date, will be Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, Werdum, Josh Barnett, and Brett Rogers.
Fedor has been training hard for his return and below is a short video special that Showtime produced leading up to this weekend’s fight.