September 13, 2010

by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com A lot of fighters were gunning for a shot at Fedor Emelianenko when he was still widely considered the No. 1 heavyweight fighter on the planet. Now that he has a legitimate loss on his record, there’s blood in the water and the sharks are circling to see if it was a fluke or a chink in the legendary Russian’s armor.

The next person to test Fedor’s armor could be American Top Team fighter Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

While no official offer has been made to either fighter, sources close to the situation informed MMAWeekly.com that the bout has been discussed for a possible December match-up in Strikeforce.

Speaking with MMAWeekly Radio last week, Alex Davis, manager of Antonio Silva, mentioned the possibility of the fight, and their hopes that it gets put together.

“Right now, I’m working close with Strikeforce. It looks like it’s possible that it’s going to be Fedor,” Davis said about the fight.

Antonio Silva has been on the sidelines since a May win over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. His name has been mentioned as a possible match-up for several heavyweights, but the Fedor fight is the most intriguing.

While he has pondered taking a fight in Japan during the waiting process, Silva admits that a shot at Fedor would be exactly what he’s looking for.

“Fedor’s a legend of the sport, he unfortunately came to a defeat from (Fabricio) Werdum, but he’s a guy everybody would like to fight and I’m no different,” said Silva. “I’d love to fight him.”

With Werdum sidelined after elbow surgery, and Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem opting to go back to K-1 for the remainder of 2010, it seems a Fedor vs. Antonio Silva fight could be just the headliner the promotion needs for a year end show, although the promotion just revealed that it has also signed Josh Barnett, another viable candidate for a fight with Fedor.

Strikeforce has also been working with M-1 Global for a contract extension with Fedor, who currently has one fight left on his current deal. How those negotiations play out may determine who he would face in his next bout.

MMAWeekly.com will have more information on this potential fight as it becomes available.