He may have lost his bout, his first true loss, but Fedor Emelianenko will be in the mix against seven of the best heavyweights in the world when the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament kicks off and his first round opponent, Antonio Silva, knows he'll be fighting an uphill battle against Emelianenko:
"We always wish to face the best and what I can imagine is a very tough fight because [Fedor] won’t want a second loss and I want to establish myself among the top 10, so it’ll be a very difficult battle for both of us. Werdum showed a hole in Fedor’s game but I have got to do well standing and on the mat. I’ll look to sharpen my stand-up game that was deficient in my past fight and will continue my grappling and ground and pound workouts. I respect him a lot, he is a living legend of the sport but I will be very focused. I will be looking back on everything [all the difficulties in life] I overcame so far and will do everything not to let the opportunity pass me."