Strikeforce Fedor vs. Silva Play-by-Play: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio Silva

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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio Silva

Round 1: Fedor slinging heavy punches from the get go. Not much landing immediately and he eats an uppercut from Silva. Silva clinches and presses Fedor to the cage, but Fedor fires a strong knee to the body. Silva putting all his weight on Fedor, but the referee separates them quickly. Fedor is heading hunting, but eats some hard shots from Silva, including a straight right that snaps his head back. Silva presses Fedor to the cage once again. Silva tries a takedown, nearly gets caught in a guillotine, but Fedor escapes as Silva goes to his back. Fedor follows him down into half guard and drops some punches down. He stands up as Silva tries to secure his leg, but quickly drops down into half guard again, searching for a Kimura. Silva escapes and they’re back on their feet, Silva landing a couple hard punches. Fedor’s nose is now bleeding down Silva’s back, while Silva presses him to the cage. They separate and exchange punches in a mad flurry before Silva drops down and takes Fedor to the mat. scores round one 10-9 for Silva.

Round 2: Silva immediately shoots and scores the double-leg takedown, landing in Fedor’s half guard. Silva is trying to get some ground and pound going, but Fedor holds on tight. Silva passes guard and gets to full mount, unloading on Fedor. Fedor turns to escape, Silva takes his back, and then Fedor turns again, Silva again in full mount. He unloads and Fedor is just moving as much as possible, trying to avoid Silva’s huge hands. Silva is dropping down huge punches and hammerfists. Fedor somehow survives and keeps moves, Silva maybe tiring, but he slips off and tries to secure an arm triangle choke. Silva slips completely to the side, a strong position to try and finish the choke, but Fedor escapes the choke! Silva in half guard, posts up and drops a few punches down, but he looks to be tiring as Fedor tries to hang on with a minute left in the round. Silva slips around to a kneebar, but Fedor secures one of Silva’s legs in defense, making it to the horn. scores round two 10-8 for Silva.

Fedor’s right eye being attended to between rounds, swollen shut. The referee steps in and waves off the fight. Antonio Silva walks up to Fedor and bows to him, showing a tremendous amount of respect.

Antonio Silva def. Fedor Emelianenko by TKO (Dr. Stoppage) at 5:00, R2

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