Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
After his historic run in Pride and other organizations, Emelianenko headed to Strikeforce in 2009, and it was there his career began to take a turn for the worse. “The Last Emperor” scored a knockout in his first bout with the promotion, but he then went on a devastating three-fight losing skid that served as the catalyst towards his hiatus from the sport.
One of those three losses came by way of TKO via doctor’s stoppage at the hands of UFC heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Silva was at one point a fearsome giant, but he has since fallen on rough times, losing four of his last five with all four of those losses coming by way of striking stoppage.
It’s safe to say that both he and Emelianenko are on the backside of their careers, but that’s why this bout may make sense. Also, this bout would give “The Last Emperor” a chance at redemption before he and the Brazilian ride off into the sunset.