Alex Davis predicts “Bigfoot” title run, questions wisdom of Emelianenko matchup

By John Morgan

For Antonio Silva (16-2 MMA, 3-1 SF), this past Saturday’s Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix bout with Fedor Emelianenko (31-3 MMA, 1-2 SF) was the opportunity of a lifetime.

The Brazilian heavyweight made good on his promise to shock the world by forcing a doctor’s stoppage at the end of the second round and handing Emelianenko his second consecutive defeat.

Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, believes the win was just the first of many high-profile wins on the horizon for his client. He also questions the wisdom behind Emelianenko’s decision to fight Silva and says “The Last Emperor” may have some very difficult decisions on the horizon.

“We are fans of Fedor, and we watched him dominate the world’s best heavyweights for 10 years in spectacular fashion,” Davis told ( “Nothing and no one will ever take this away from him.

“I had sought this fight for a long time because I knew Antonio had the tools to beat him. Antonio has been performing each time better and better, and I knew that in order for him to climb the ladder in the heavyweight division, he needed to challenge himself by facing a living legend like Fedor. In every fight there is risk, and it was perfectly conceivable that Fedor could have dropped in, landing one of those explosive shots that he has done so many times before, and add Antonio to his long list of amazing victories. We knew this and accepted it.”


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