Bigfoot Silva Claims Early Stoppage, Illegal Blows and Calls for Referee Reform Following UFC 160

May 26, 2013
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Bigfoot Silva UFC 156UFC champion Cain Velasquez caught challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva with a right hand while exchanging in the pocket early in the first round of the UFC 160 main event in Las Vegas on Saturday. 

The punch knocked Silva to the canvas and Velasquez quickly swooped in on him.  Silva turtled up, trying to avoid the barrage of punches.  Silva claims, during the final seconds of the fight, before referee Mario Yamasaki stepped in to stop the action, that he received several illegal blows.

“I do agree that the fight was stopped too early,” said Silva during the UFC 160 post-fight press conference.

“I don’t want to say too much.  I’d rather you each watch the fight playback.  It’s clear watching it that took several illegal blows to the back of my neck,” said Silva.  “And the referee explained to me that the first illegal blow is a warning that should be issued.  The second should be penalized on points.  But in seeing the playback, you can see I took several illegal blows to the back of my neck.”

UFC president Dana White doesn’t think anyone who watched the fight will be “outraged” by the stoppage.

“I’ve seen worse stoppages,” he said.

Silva stands by his comments, however, and believes that referees should be held accountable for making mistakes, as in some other major sports.

“My way of thinking is that the same that applies to athletes that are penalized when they do something wrong or illegal should also apply to referees when they do something wrong.  They too should be penalized,” he said.

Despite thinking the fight was stopped early and he was the victim of illegal strikes, Silva didn’t want to take anything away from Velasquez.

“Cain Velasquez is a tremendous athlete and I don’t want my grievance on the illegal blows issue to take away from his tremendous athleticism,” said the 33-year-old Brazilian.

Switching gears from the past and looking to the future, Silva hopes to be back in action soon.

“I’m looking forward to my next big opportunity in the UFC, and I hope I can do a great fight for you guys in the near future.”

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  • Maddawgmar

    Wow, Bigfoot is bag of excuses. First fight he lost cuz he kicked. This fight he lost cuz of illegal shots. How about you lost cuz Cain is better than you.

  • james j

    Dude, you got beat again. Deal with it

  • Agent119

    Disappointed in Bigfoot. Take your loss like a man and stop blaming Mario. It was a fair stoppage. He wasn’t going to come back from that after he turtled up.

    • shakejunt

      still gotta give him a chance. can’t just stop it when there’s cain’s pressure on him so he can’t hold himself up for a second.

      that said, fight would’ve been over in about 10 or 15 more seconds anyway. dana’s right, i’ve seen far worse.

    • Ian Price

      Probably not. But I did think it was stopped maybe 2-3 punches early. Or at least stand them up and warn Cain about the illegal strikes.

  • ned sto

    He never should have even been in the octagon with Cain to begin with.

    • mikie

      How freakin true, he was just pissed that this fight with Cain didn’t even last as long as the first fight.
      sore looser

      • shakejunt

        overeem was getting the shot if he didn’t get put to bed, bigfoot was definitely the most deserving guy besides werdum, but he was tied up with tuf.

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    • Baller31

      Agree…don’t know wtf Dana was thinking…after the first beating he took, how did anyone think it would go any differently? Bigfoot did not deserve the rematch…and if they fought again, it would go the same way.

      • R

        remember when JDS knocked out Cain, then Cain came back and won the title from JDS in dominant fashion… If you roll the dice enough times, every number will eventually show.

        • Baller31

          Cain and JDS are pretty evenly matched, while Cain is a bad matchup for Bigfoot….better striking, wrestling, cardio…the only shot Bigfoot had was a ko punch…and he is too slow for that with Cain.

    • drkdisciple

      well said…I got bashed when I said he had no business in there with Cain when the fight was announced…guess people on these sites like cheering for underdogs!

    • Milosc

      He knocked out Overeem and manhandled Fedor

      That’s enough, chief

    • Ian Price

      Anyone who beats fedor and overoid should be allowed to fight Cain.

  • julian moran

    He did get beat.. but if you look at the replay.. The last punches that Cain threw, which caused the ref to stop the fight, were on the back of his head.
    Cain would have won anyway.. but facts remain facts.

    • Mikie

      (One) was to the back of the head and it was clear it was in the heat of things and not purposeful. The rest were to the ear. If you look at the pictures you can see how close the ref was looking at bigfoot, right there and telling him to protect himself or he would stop the fight. One punch unintended. Big foot is a sore looser

      • shakejunt

        sore loser? did you even read his quotes?

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      • julian moran

        Not the first barrage of punches that knocked him and kept him down, but the last set that “caused” the ref to jump in.. were on the back of the head.
        Now Cain would have won anyway, Big Foot may still be a sore looser and I agree with Dana that it was not the worst stoppage.

      • julian moran

        Take Lesnar vs Mir 1, even though they were not significant, the fight was stopped because of strikes to the back of the head.
        Mir got to recover and won the fight, the same fight he would have lost if the ref had let Lesnar keep at it.

      • candelario

        one punch and it doesn’t have to be hard is all that takes from personal experience in boxing and muay thai… a clean punch is the one henderson landed on fedor from the back.

  • lowlb

    I think if they enforced the “no blow to the back of the head” rule” they’d be stopping endless fights.. Fighters would turn their head, as they do, to get the beating stopped…
    It is a rule though.. gotta wonder.

    • Ian Price

      How bout stand them up and give one warning

  • bdono554

    I’m not going to make excuses other then the half million I make in the next few sentences while ignoring the fact I’m simply not as good as my opponent… Who knew Bigfoot’s middle name was Diaz?

    • Ramon

      True, simple facts are usually the answer.

  • candelario

    in mma blows to the back of the head are easy to get-a-way with.. While boxing, I’ve been hit on the back of the head with light blows (aka rabbit punches) and they hurt like hell,,, and that’s with boxing gloves,,,,punches just near the sides hurt..if it happens that they miss the side and hit the back, sorry… and some guys miss on purpose,,,,reform yes

  • Oscar Sanchez

    if you don’t want to get hit in the back of the head don’t have your face planted on the mat and i you don’t want the ref to stop the fight defend your head from getting more brain damage enough said bye

    • candelario

      So by that logic anytime you take the back (standing or back mount) it’s ok to hit the back of head because he shouldn’t have gave up the position. Not really an answer to a problem. An answer, If a fighter takes the back, punches to the head will not be permitted from the ear towards the back of the head and permitted pass ear toward the face.

      • DamianCross

        By that logic when you squat down on all fours like Jon Jones and get illegally kicked in the head its your own fault for trying to hide behind technicalities. OH WAIT THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED

        • candelario

          another no solution,,, just a he shouldn’t have done this or that comment

  • Mikie

    Sore looser, posing with his bag of ice at the press conference. How sad and pathetic. What do you think people think of someone like that?

    • shakejunt

      you think he’s hamming it up, we get it.

  • MuayThaiFood

    Apparently “intelligently defending one’s self” means only allowing illegal blows to get through.

  • solo

    Probably the worst excuse ever in UFC HISTORY!!!

  • Oswald Cobblepott

    Cain is the real deal