Antonio Bigfoot Silva: “The First Punch I Really Land, He’s Going to Go Down”

May 21, 2013
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Antonio-Silva-StrikeforceUFC heavyweight contender Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has the opportunity for redemption in his rematch with Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title at UFC 160 on May 25.

Silva (18-4) lost to Velasquez in his promotional debut at UFC 146 on May 26, 2012, but this time around things are different heading into the fight.

“I think the main thing is in our first fight I was nervous and I was anxious.  I have replaced those emotions.  Now I’m calm and I’m driven, I really want this,” said Silva on a media conference call promoting the event.

While Silva is in a different place mentally than he was a year ago, his preparation has remained largely the same.  The game plan, however, has been slightly modified.

“A lot of my preparation has been the same as it was for the first fight,” said Silva.  “Obviously in the first fight I made a big mistake.  But there were a lot of things that I did right going into that fight and that unfortunately you guys didn’t get to see.  So much has maintained and overall the main strategy is just not to let his elbows get near my forehead.  That would be the change.”

Velasquez (11-1) utilized his wrestling to quickly get the fight to the ground when the two first met at UFC 146.  From there, he unleashed a barrage of punches and elbows that left Silva bloodied and beaten, but Silva feels he’s only one punch away from victory.

“Comparing my style of fighting to Cain’s style of fighting, I would have to be born again to become faster than Cain Velasquez.  I’ve got 30 pounds on him.  He’s going to be faster than me.  So I need to work with what I have and what I have is very, very heavy hands,” said Silva.

“I’m going to need to keep my hands healthy and heavy to go in there and I’m sure that the first punch that I really land, he’s going to go down,” added the 33-year-old heavyweight. “I have a lot of respect for Cain Velasquez, I think he’s an incredible fighter, and I respect him as a person.  But I’m very confident in myself and I feel very good going into this fight.”

Silva is a heavy underdog heading into the rematch, but relishes the role and sees it as an opportunity to silence his critics.

“I like when people underestimate me.  It’s nice.  I get to go out there and I get to show them wrong,” he said.  “There are no superheroes in this sport, nobody is invincible. And I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work for the last nine weeks. I have been preparing myself and I’m very confident that I’m going to have my arm raised on May 25.”

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  • Everyone (including myself) is counting out Bigfoot due to their first fight, but we have to remember what happened with Cain and JDS in their rematch. I believe Bigfoot may be relying on his heavy hands to much and will be looking to just land a big shot instead of his overall game. I really like how Cain is taking this fight serious and knows this can be a different fight then their first. So many interesting things can happen here if Bigfoot wins. Like I’ve said, I really think Cain,JDS,Bigfoot and Reem will run that division; their all so young and experienced.

    • urdooomb

      not solely because of the first fight.

      But the last fight + DC’s fight.

      • Good point. His last fight, although he won by KO, he was getting handled in every aspect before the third round. And I like Bigfoot, but I really seen him getting beat up in the clinch, the standup and on the ground even. But he did win. I know he must be wanting to prove all the fans wrong but I have to agree with everyone else I don’t see Cain losing this fight.

    • Cereal Killer

      I will say it right now, Bigfoot will have little to no offense in this fight. He is way too slow and cautious of a fighter to keep up with Cain. Bigfoot will be on his back just as quick this time around. Too bad Alistair had to act so cocky against Bigfoot, or we would have been seeing a fight that we all thought was going to be good.

      • I know right. I’m very upset on how The Reem fight turned out. What do you thinks next for the division other then the winner of JDS/Hunt? DC is on a roll but needs to keep fighting top competition. Nelson wins by ko but losses all of his big fights that really count.

  • urdooomb

    Don’t really care about all this pre-fight tough guy act from bigfoot.

    I saw the first fight. Yeah, right off the start Bigfoot ended up in the worst possible position he could be in against Cain. Bigfoot is a sluggish dude from his back and Cain is too nimble to let Bigfoot back up.

    But go see the Cormier fight. The problem is…Bigfoot is way too slow against compact fighters that pack a serious punch. And no, Fedor’s punch (when he fought Bigfoot) was not on the same level as DC or Cain’s.

    That is why I am betting against Bigfoot on this one too.

    I think he will do better than last time. But he will eventually get Koed by Cain.

    • bajafox


      • Baller31

        Your dumb. Fedor hits as hard as anyone, he was just way too small for Bigfoot. Cain will destroy Bigfoot again.

        • barnettoo

          you know your thing didn’t make any sense.

          Fedor hits hard as anyone….but was just too small…..what?….so does he or does he not hit as hard as anyone including KO artists in the UFC?

          Fedor has a lot of TKO wins but not many clean KO wins….just to let you know….this is a common misunderstanding shared by noobs.

          • Sir_Roy

            Only grade schoolers call folks ‘noobs’ anymore.

            Go play some more World of Warcraft and let the adults discuss MMA k?

  • Sir_Roy

    Cain is fast … but he’s also far stronger than he looks. Strength-wise, he held up very respectfully against a far bigger, and extremely strong Lesnar. If fact, there were parts of the first round beat down Cain laid on Brock, wherein Cain manhandled him physically in the grapple game.

    Cain can get caught, yes. Bigfoot has a puncher’s chance. But I wouldn’t bet next month’s rent on it.

    • urdooomb

      Bigfoot is gonna get paid.

      But he is way too slow to be a champ.

    • bajafox

      In the Lesnar fight you could almost see the fear is in his eyes when he realized the brute strength of Cain. This fight should go almost identically like the first one

      • barnettoo

        not really…… you are delusional.

        You and Sir Roy are two of the most annoying dudes here.

  • Ray L

    MMA is fake. Had to say it..sorry.

    • Sir_Roy

      Whaa …


      • barnettoo

        u call troll on everything.

        just go away. Sir Roy…what kind of name is that?

        • Sir_Roy


  • Darin

    The local hospital better have a good supply of Silva’s blood ready for a tranfusion if this fight goes like the last one.


    Disn’t know Bigfoot had Jokes !!!

  • Same result as the first fight!!!!!!!!

  • Abu Shredder

    Bigfoot might be stronger and have the driven will power to win very badly…. He just need one lucky knockout punch and connected one…. Or else he will lose again

  • Kris-tyahn

    Well maybe Big Foot should watch Cain’s fight vs. Congo. He ate 3 pin point shots to the chin by Congo at the beginning of each round & continued the fight, like nothing happened. Sure any HW can KO the other, but Big Foot better hope he gets lucky like Junior did & clip Cain behind the ear in order to KO Cain. I think Cain can take a Silva punch to the chin! If he ate 3 from Congo & Congo’s a much better & stronger striker, then I can see him eating a Big Foot punch, just so that he can land one of his haymakers or takedowns, for a svere GnP.

    • barnettoo

      ur shameless Cain nutlicking is laughable.