“Personally, I rather enjoyed that fight, and if Fedor would like a rematch, I would graciously and respectfully grant him one. I don’t think it would be in his or his camp’s best interest, but that’s not for me to decide. It would set the record straight though… To me, quite honestly, I already had a ton of respect for Fedor, and now I have even more. I know how hard he was being hit and couldn’t believe he wouldn’t give up. He is a warrior and a champ. However, to say he didn’t lose the fight is going a little too far, and to imply that the third round might have been different? Well, anything can happen in a fight, but I think Fedor would have been seriously hurt, and I think to think he would have made a dramatic comeback is just unrealistic. What I think is really silly is that certain people are trying to diminish what I accomplished that day.”

—Antonio Silva, via MMA Junkie, responding to those who question how his fight with Fedor Emelianenko would have turned out if it went to the third round

I wanted to see the third round as much as the next guy, but Fedor was beaten up pretty badly at that point. He had to be exhausted and you know Silva was going to try to take him down again as soon as the round started. We very well could have seen a repeat of round two. Of course, this is Fedor we’re talking about, so who knows. I don’t think that small question mark diminishes Silva’s victory in any way though. He deserved the W. No one can take that away from him.

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