Sunday, February 13, 2011

No Holds Barred: BIGFOOT 

Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the historic victory by Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva over Fedor Emelianenko in their opening round fight of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament, which took place Saturday, February 12, at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. After a dominating second round by Bigfoot, the fight was stopped by the ringside physician due to damage to the right eye of Fedor.
After the fight, we got some comments from the victor, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. We also have the part of the postfight news conference where Vadim Finkelchtein and Evgeni Kogan of M-1 Global along with Scott Coker of Strikeforce discuss the loss by Fedor and his future. And we have Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva speaking and answering questions at this news conference as well.
Also, we open with a no holds barred commentary on some of the key lessons of this fight and what they mean for mixed martial arts and the combat sports. We discuss the continuing importance to MMA of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the unparalleled greatness of the MMA career of Fedor Emelianenko, the effect of Bigfoot's upset of Fedor on the sport of MMA and this heavyweight tournament, important blunders that were made in organizing the event in New Jersey, and much more.
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