“I couldn’t believe my eyes, that the fight was stopped. And that Fedor was going to lose the fight. I don’t consider it a loss, in the sense that the first round Fedor clearly won, and in the second round Silva clearly won. We don’t know what would have happened in the  third round… Silva was a very big guy. He outweighed Fedor by about 60 pounds. But at the same time, we don’t know what would have happened. Clearly the eye came into play and as a result it is a loss.”

—Vadim Finkelchtein via Fighters Only giving his opinion on how the Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio Silva fight played out

It’s always unfortunate when a fight gets stopped short because of an injury. I think we all wanted to see what would have happened in the third round, but having a provision in the rules that allows for doctors to stop the fight is absolutely necessary in order for MMA to maintain it’s integrity as a legitimate sport. To his credit, Vadim agreed that the doctor made the right call, but despite his best attempts to spin the outcome, there’s no debating Saturday night’s result. Fedor lost fair and square.

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