Despite suffering a loss to Daniel Cormier in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva could be added to the UFC roster according to his manager, Alex Davis.
“He has a contract with Strikeforce, but Strikeforce is now controlled by the UFC and we’re watching Strikeforce fighters going to the UFC all the time,” said Davis, in an interview with Tatame.com. “UFC’s heavyweight division is big, but they could have even more, and I’m sure ‘Bigfoot’ will be in the UFC real soon.”
The 32-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt is 16-3 in his MMA career. Prior to the loss to Cormier, Silva was coming off a TKO victory over Fedor Emelianenko that pushed him into the spotlight.
The UFC has recently added heavyweight Alistair Overeem, and many feel like current Strikeforce grand prix finalists Josh Barnett and Cormier are likely additions to the roster in the near future. With the likes of Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin already competing, the division is deeper than it has been in many years.
“There’s a lot of great fights for him inside the Octagon, and he’ll shine there,” Davis said.