What a tournament it has been thus far and after three rounds of heart-stopping entertainment, we are down to four men—four warriors—that seek a legendary status.
Before we get into this round’s matchups, let’s look back at their road to the semifinals.
Coming out of the Brazil Region, Silva has towered over the competition. In the opening round of the tournament, Silva defeated Strikeforce up-and-coming sensation, Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal, by a vote of 11-0.
The next fighter to be caught in The Spider’s web was UFC heavyweight KO machine, and fellow member of Black House, Junior Dos Santos. Dos Santos put up a good fight, but was ultimately defeated by Silva 9-6.
In the Regional Championship Round, Silva was matched up with the relentless and ever-evolving Cain Velasquez. Once again, Silva was able to prevail over the larger fighter, taking the bout by a vote of 13-10.
By dominating the competition, Fedor has emerged to claim the Japan Regional Championship. To start things off, Fedor decimated the UFC’s Rich Franklin by a vote of 11-0.
Round two was no different, as Fedor blew through Antonio Rogerio Nogueira; he blanked him by a vote of 15-0.
In the Regional Championship however, Fedor began to show some chinks in his armor against the UFC’s Mauricio Rua. Rua fought a valiant fight, but like the many before him, could just not get the job done; he lost to Fedor 19-4.
It wasn’t pretty, but Henderson managed to win the US Region. In the first round of the tournament, Henderson was taken to the limit by fellow middleweight and UFC standout, Nate Marquardt. Henderson did just enough and got the win by a vote of 6-5.
For round two, Henderson was matched up with the always explosive, Vitor Belfort. Belfort had some success, but Henderson dug deep and pulled out the win 8-7.
To clinch the Regional Championship, Henderson had to get through BJ Penn. While Henderson had a major size advantage, Penn’s talent still managed to shine through. In the end, the combination of Henderson’s wrestling, along with his size and strength advantage, proved to be too big of a hill for Penn to climb; Henderson won the bout 14-9.
Georges St. Pierre
Coming out of the Canada Region is none other than Georges St. Pierre. GSP’s tournament started off with a bang, blanking UFC lightweight contender Gray Maynard 11-0.
In round two, GSP was matched up with heavy-hitting Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. While Jackson’s punching power and size were serious threats, GSP did his thing en route to an 11-4 victory.
In the Regional Championships, GSP faced his stiffest competition in the form of Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi took him to the brink of defeat, but GSP managed to compose himself and pull out the victory 12-11.
Anderson Silva, UFC MW (Brazil Region Champion) vs. Fedor Emelianenko, Strikeforce HW (Japan Region Champion)
To put it simply, this matchup would be LEGENDARY!
Would Silva’s elusive boxing, vicious Muay Thai clinch, and suffocating guard prove to be too much for Fedor? Or would Fedor continue to dominate, and destroy all who are put in front of him?
Georges St. Pierre, UFC WW (Canada Region Champion) vs. Dan Henderson, Strikeforce MW (US Region Champion)
It’s pretty much a consensus belief that GSP has the best functional wrestling in all of MMA, but how would that hold up against a true Olympic caliber wrestler like Henderson?
Would GSP be able to get Henderson to the ground and pound out a victory? Would Henderson be able to dictate the action and set up that big overhand right?
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