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 Sportbox.ru. "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.
"If Fedor would sign a contract with the UFC, I do not see any problems [with a rematch]."