He was confident of his chances in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix before, but following last weekend’s Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum stinker of a main event, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva believes fully that he’ll be the last man standing by the end of the tournament.
“I told you before, if I beat Fedor, I would win this tournament,” Silva said at the post-fight presser (props to MMAJunkie.com). “I promised my fans, I promised my family, and I’m going to win this tournament.”
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem defeated Fabricio Werdum over the weekend to secure his spot against Silva in the tournament semi-finals, but his performance was certainly not indicative of why he is widely considered to be the favorite to win the GP.
Silva, who beat Russian MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko in the quarterfinals to advance, explained why he sees himself defeating the highly-touted Dutch fighter before moving on to capture tournament gold.
“I actually feel Overeem respected Werdum a lot, and he didn’t do as much as he could,” Silva said. “But I expected more. I didn’t see too much. I respect Overeem, but I’m going to train hard. I’m going to train for three rounds, hard. I know I can knock out this guy. I can fight standup, fight on the ground –- believe me.”