Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is currently riding high on a three-fight win streak that is topped by a TKO win over MMA legend and Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix participant Fedor Emelianenko.
Silva is now preparing to face the winner of Alistair Overeem Vs. Fabricio Werdum in the second round of the tournament, though, with the UFC’s recent purchase of Strikeforce, Silva can’t help but to analyze the state of the UFC’s heavyweight division, as he may soon be calling it home.
Up until former champ Brock Lesnar was forced out due to a flare-up with diverticulitis, the most significant impending match up in the UFC’s heavyweight division was one between him and heavy-handed Brazilian contender Junior dos Santos. In speaking with Sherdog.com recently, Silva questioned the true reason for Lesnar’s withdrawal from the fight, indicating that he believes it may have come out of a hesitance to experience dos Santos’ punching power.
“I don’t want to judge anyone and I really wish it’s not a big health problem for [Lesnar], but I have some doubts,” Silva said. “That big guy doesn’t like being punched. In his last fights, he was put in the fetal position by Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez, which is humiliating for a fighter. I think he pulled out of the fight against ‘Cigano,’ who is a real heavy puncher and a real tough opponent for someone who doesn’t like being punched.”