The future seems unclear for Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Silva has been implicated as the next opponent for both Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem and heavyweight MMA legend Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko. “Bigfoot” recently spoke with MMAJunkie.com, through his manager and interpreter Alan Davis, and revealed that he is expecting to face Overeem next and is currently preparing for that bout.
“Strikeforce hasn’t yet given us a definite opponent, but it seemed likely that it was going to be Overeem, and I’ve been kind of planning accordingly,” Silva said. “I believe (Strikeforce CEO) Scott Coker has said to a few people that I’m likely to fight Overeem next, and I would be truly honored to fight him for the Strikeforce title.”
Though Coker has mentioned Silva as a possible next opponent for Overeem, Fedor Emelianenko’s camp has said that Fedor is currently in talks to take on Silva next. “Bigfoot” says that he would be happy to face either man.
“Both Overeem and Fedor are great fighters,” Silva said. “I would be more than happy to fight either one. I have a lot of respect for each of them.”
Silva said that he is honored to be considered a worthy opponent for both Overeem and Emelianenko and is ready to test himself in the cage against them; a test that he believes he will pass.
“For me, there is no pressure,” Silva said. “If I fight the champion, or if I fight the legend, the pressure is on them. Overeem and Fedor do present completely different problems style-wise, so I do hope Strikeforce can determine who it will be – and when – as soon as possible. Ultimately, whoever it is, I will be happy to be in the cage and will give it my utmost and fight my heart out. I know that I can beat both Overeem and Fedor, so whatever happens, I guarantee that the fans will see an awesome fight, and I’ll be prepared.”
Silva is currently 1-1 in the Strikeforce promotion having balanced a loss against the only man to submit Emelianenko, Fabricio Werdum, with a unanimous decision win over former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski.