Bigfoot Silva vs. Soa Palelei Lands on UFC 190 Fight Card

April 25, 2015
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Though it’s still more than three months away, the UFC 190 fight card continues to grow with Friday’s addition of a heavyweight bout between Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Soa Palelei. UFC officials confirmed the bout first reported by Yahoo News.

Silva (18-7, 1 NC) has been through a rough patch the past couple of years. He’s lost three out of four bouts during that span, while the other was a Fight-of-the-Year candidate turned no-contest due to elevated levels of testosterone on his post-fight drug test.

The Brazilian’s last trip to the cage was a drubbing. Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir knocked Silva out in less than two minutes courtesy of his much-improved striking.

Bigfoot Silva UFCFN33-IMG_0534-750In short, Silva needs a victory… badly.

He’ll be attempting to do so against a fighter that has been at the opposite end of the spectrum. Palelei (22-4) has run up a record of 12-1 over the past four years. His lone loss was a decision to Jared Rosholt in the Octagon.

Silva represents the most high profile fight of his career, but Palelei is riding a wave of confidence that could be just what he needs to topple his Brazilian foe. Although he’ll have to do so on Silva’s home turf.

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The two will meet at UFC 190 on Aug. 1 in Rio de Janeiro. The card is headlined by Ronda Rousey‘s bantamweight title defense against Bethe Correia, and also features Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Stefan Struve.

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  • Guest

    Big step up for Soa … Bigfoot has no chin and has been KO’ed in his home turf the last two times … third time should be the charm ..

    • Seth

      Big step down for Soa*

      Here, corrected you. Have a nice day 🙂


    Soa is sloppy and sucks. Hate watching his fights.
    Bigfoot getting KO’ed again though

    • TheCerealKiller

      The whole HW division kind of sucks. The champ is as durable as a wet piece of paper, Werdum gets his ass handed to him once the wet paper gets back and the entire division is over the age of 31, most are over 35!

      • Seth

        Thats how HW is nowdays. Guys that are either too big to cut down to 205, or guys that are smaller, but too lazy/doesn’t want to cut weight to get to 205 :/ Sad, since HW division in any combat sport suppose to be “crown jewel” of combat sports. I wish we could get 2 or 3 Mike Tyson-like athletes at HW…

      • CodyShu

        I still very much enjoy Dos Santos’s fights, that fight against Miocic was a barn burner for me.

      • KJK

        Could not agree more….when a division has the likes of Bigfoot, Mir, Cro Cop, Gonzaga, etc… as it’s headliners it’s time for a talent infusion. Junior is good but he can’t beat Cain. Hwt is never gonna match up competition wise to the lighter weights just because of the NBA and NFL getting the elite athletic big men but you’d think they could do better than this. Heck Jones could move up and arguably face less stiff competition….yeah he’d have to fight Cain and might lose but as often as Cain’s hurt the Interim belt looks like it will always be available. The UFC needs to do something to get into the heads of the Hwt NCAA wrestlers earlier on….developmental bonuses….letters of intent….I don’t exactly know what but something needs done.

        • TheCerealKiller

          Jones is going to move up and I think he destroys them all. He’s a better fighter than Cain and is younger. I think once Rumble takes his belt (just my prediction) he moves up and takes out all those old guys.

          • deepgrim

            if rumble beats jones i think jones will want a rematch to leave the division as champion. would think jones want to beat gsp and andersons record for defenses