Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
"The Last Emperor" fell again.
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva battered Fedor Emelianenko and forced the former PRIDE heavyweight champion's right eye to swell shut, prompting a doctor's stoppage following the second round of their featured attraction at Strikeforce's "Fedor vs. Silva" event on Saturday at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
"I trained very hard for this fight," Silva, who advances to the second leg of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix, said afterwards. "People are always saying 'Fedor, Fedor, Fedor'. I trained too hard and I showed it to the world. I won over the best heavyweight in the world."
Ray Sefo and Jan Nortje. Photo property of Xtreme Couture.
Strikeforce has officially announced that K-1 legend Ray “Sugarfoot” Sefo will make his Strikeforce debut at Strikeforce: Challengers against UFC veteran Kevin “The Shaman” Jordan. Strikeforce: Challengers is scheduled for September 25 at the SpiritBank Event Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Sefo, a native of New Zealand, relocated to Las Vegas in 2007 to train with former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture at Xtreme Couture. Sefo holds K-1 victories over notable names including Peter Aerts, Jerome LeBanner, and Mike Bernardo.
Photo property of Xtreme Couture.
Former K-1 kickboxing stars Jan Nortje and Ray Sefo have joined the ranks of the Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.
The gym made the announcement earlier today it’s official blog.
Nortje is coming off of an impressive victory over former NFL lineman and mixed martial arts veteran Bob Sapp at this past weekend’s “Strikeforce at the Dome” show. Nortje stopped Sapp with strikes in the first round.
The win was Nortje’s first in mixed martial arts since Tadao Yasuda was forced to bow out of their December 2002 bout because of injury. After the fight, Nortje expressed his desire to compete under the Strikeforce banner in the future.
“It wasn’t luck,” Nortje said during a post-fight interview. “I trained my ass off for this fight. I knew Sapp was one hell of a job to take on, but I did it. Thanks to Scott Coker and Strikeforce, I’m going to keep doing this. This feels nice. This feels good.“
Sefo, more renowned for his success in the world of kickboxing, only has one professional MMA fight to his credit. He knocked out Min Soo Kim with a head kick at a K-1 Hero’s event in July 2005. The New Zealand native is already enjoying the company he has at the gym.
“A lot of times, high level fighters have bad attitudes,” Sefo said in the article. “But not here. Everyone is cool and doesn’t take themselves too seriously.”
Sefo also revealed that he was offered a fight against top heavyweight striker Mirko Cro Cop but opted to decline the bout since he was given extremely short notice.