Antonio Silva: Strikeforce Win Sends Silva Into World Grand Prix Semi-Finals
Antonio Silva won in dominant fashion on Saturday night during the Strikeforce World Grand Prix, running over Fedor Emelianenko and earning a place in the Strikeforce semi-finals. Silva was able to withstand the heavy punching of Emelianenko in the first round, when the two fighters stood toe-to-toe. When the action moved to round two, Silva dismantled and dominated Fedor on the ground, and that was the difference in this much-anticipated MMA bout.
Fedor was considered a favorite thanks to his prowess for landing first round knockouts behind his extremely heavy punching. The first round saw Fedor and Silva standing and trading punches, which meant things were going more Fedor's way in terms of the style of fight.
But in round two, Silva and Fedor grappled on the ground, and that was where Silva took over. Fedor had seen success in getting out of precarious situations when grappling on his back, but Silva had too much technique and polish with his ground game.
Silva, according to punch scoring and counting, landed 47 punches while on the ground in round two. The fight was stopped once Fedor's right eye became swollen and closed up, and a surprising win was official for Silva.
Silva moves to the semi-finals of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix and will hope to continue his success thanks to a combination of power and technique.
For more on the aftermath of this high-profile fight, check out Post Strikeforce Fedor Vs. Silva: The Top 10 Heavyweights in MMA.
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