Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.
Half of the quarterfinals of Strikeforce's first-ever heavyweight grand prix tournament are now complete with Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Sergei Kharitonov moving on after pulling off a pair of memorable upsets.
Shane del Rosario, Chad Griggs and Valentijn Overeem also won a trio of reserve bouts, placing themselves as the frontrunners in case someone in the eight-man (now six-man) field is unable to compete.
After the jump are video interviews featuring four of the aforementioned fighters: Silva, Kharitonov, del Rosario and Overeem.
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."
Bao Quach. Photo by Esther Lin.
Bao Quach and Jon Murphy have both withdrawn from their respective bouts at the latest edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which is scheduled to take place at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California on September 26th, according to reports by Five Ounces of Pain and MMA Junkie.
Quach, who was slated to take on skilled grappler Wilson Reis for EliteXC’s vacant featherweight title, has been forced off the card after suffering a “facial injury” during a recent training session. A timetable for his return is unknown at this time.
MMA on Tap has since confirmed with EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw that King of the Cage flyweight champion Abel Cullum will move up in weight to challenge Reis for the belt.
Murphy’s manager, East Coast fight promoter Ed Hsu, has also stated that Murphy has withdrawn from the show due to unknown reasons. His opponent, Shane Del Rosario, is now expected to face Carl Seumanutafa.
Shane Del Rosario. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
EliteXC has confirmed two previously rumored bouts for the latest edition of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series, which will take place at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Undefeated heavyweight prospect Shane Del Rosario will attempt to stay undefeated against Jon Murphy while WEC veteran Erik Apple takes on Matt Makowski.
Del Rosario has won his first four professional bouts to start his career and remains unbeaten in ShoXC events, winning two consecutive fights. Del Rosario last earned a first-round TKO of Analu Brash at a ShoXC event in March. Prior to that, he submitted Amedeo Viola in October of last year.
Murphy has struggled as of late, dropping three out of his last four fights. He stepped up to the national stage when he took on Brett Rogers during EliteXC’s inaugural network television debut on CBS back in May. He was stopped in the first round by Rogers. Murphy also owns a knockout over UFC veteran Sherman Pendergarst.