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Fedor Vs. Silva Results: Press Conference And Post-Fight Notes

Luke Thomas is live on location at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey for the Strikeforce: Fedor Vs. Silva press conference.

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Fedor Vs. Silva Results: Fedor Emelianenko's Eye And Other Pictures

The results are hard to make sense of on this late night. The greatest heavyweight ever in mixed martial arts (MMA) has now lost two in a row and has hinted at retirement. This all happened in one night at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva.

The people at Strikeforce and Showtime sent around a press release with the following pictures.

Below are official pictures from the event. The fights were as follows:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio Silva
Andrei Arlovski vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Shane del Rosario vs. Lavar Johnson
Chad Griggs vs. Gian Villante
Ray Sefo vs. Valentijn Overeem

The card previews of the event can be found here. Fight-by-fight results can be found here. Post-fight press conference news and notes are available here. A poll on whether Fedor should retire is here. And my piece - written before the fights - on what would happen if Fedor lost is here.

Be sure to also follow Luke Thomas on Twitter (@MMANation) for any further updates.

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Fedor Vs. Silva Results: M-1 Global, Vadim Finkelstein Talk Fedor Emelianenko

Now M-1 Global's Evgeni Kogan and Fedor Emelianenko's manager Vadim Finkelstein are on the stage here at the press conference for Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva.

- Finkelstein says "god willing" Fedor will fight again. Hinted the fight should've gone to a third round.

- Kogan says the atmosphere in the locker room after the fight was very quiet.

- Vadim does not think it was a "clear cut" loss. He believes we will see Fedor return to MMA.

- Says the health of a fighter is the priority, so stopping it was the right decision. Somewhat contradicts what they said earlier.

- Jerry Millen is here, but not on stage.

- Finkelstein says Fedor is "really upset" because he was ready for this fight. He's had a "wonderful career" and that the stoppage isn't such a clear cut loss that it will dissuade him from competing.

- Scott Coker calls Fedor the best MMA heavyweight ever.

- The decision to retire or not retire is Fedor's, but Finkelstein says he knows Fedor and that he won't retire.

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Fedor Vs. Silva Results: Press Conference And Post-Fight Notes

News and notes from the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva post-fight press conference:

- Josh Barnett, Brett Rogers and Fabricio Werdum were the first to speak. They all gave their impressions of the event and their plans going forward for the rest of the tournament.

- Barnett said he was not surprised that Silva was able to control Fedor on the floor. He seemed to indicate positional control was the key factor, not trading submissions. He then strangely turns the issue into how he can submit any grappler or fighter in the world.

- Werdum says the loss to him did not affect Fedor Emelianenko's mentality heading into the bout.

- Shane del Rosario reiterates how honored he is to be here and appears to be largely unscathed.

- Griggs calls Villante "an athlete", but doesn't offer many other details.

- Del Rosario believes this should be his graduation from the ShoMMA fights to the major Strikeforce cards.

- Valentijn Overeem says the win "means the world to him".

- Sergei Kharitonov says he was disappointed Fedor lost, but guarantees the winner will be from Team Golden Glory.

- Scott Coker says Fedor may have had an orbital bone fracture.

- Griggs says he could sense Villante's nervousness from being on a stage this large.

- Coker also said Fedor could return as an alternate. The committee will decide who will move forward.

- Alistair Overeem says he has mixed emotions. Said that he can't fight Fedor, in part because he says Fedor declined to fight him twice. Says Fedor gave a certain "glow" to the event and now that he's gone it's unfortunate. Kharitonov says he looks up to Fedor and that's he's hugely popular in Russia.

- Kharitonov says Arlovski is a very dangerous striker. He claims they watched a ton of footage on him for any scenario. The fight apparently went to his plan and once the range was found the fight was over.

- Scott Coker says Gina Carano will return around June. Her opponent is not determined. Coker calls her a "Showtime" product and is non-committal in terms of positioning her as a pay-per-view attraction.

- Alistair Overeem says he would fight his brother Valentijn Overeem if it's part of the tournament, not as a separate fight. Coker says he's not sure if he can do that.

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