Antonio Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, has plans for “Bigfoot’s” next bout to be contested inside a UFC Octagon, according to a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com. Silva is currently on the sidelines, having been out of action since a loss to Daniel Cormier in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix with a shoulder injury.
“What have I heard? As much as I try to hear something, I’m still not getting any news back,” Davis said. “But what I think, I anticipate Antonio being in the UFC. I think there’s a lot of great fights for him there. My time frame is for March. That’s as far as I’ve managed to get, and it’s nothing definite. Antonio did just go through a shoulder operation.”
Strikeforce has announced plans to finish the grand prix final between Josh Barnett and Cormier, along with one other heavyweight match, before ending the division and absorbing it into the UFC. Fabricio Werdum, a former Strikeforce fighter, has signed with the UFC and will face Roy Nelson at UFC 143.
Silva has won three of his last four, including a victory over Fedor Emelianenko. Despite the recent loss to Cormier, Davis says, “I think he’s going to be in the top-five in no time there. He’s the guy, he is top-10 in the heavyweight (division) even though he took that loss from Cormier, which it is what it is; it’s MMA. But I think he’s going to fit like a glove in the UFC.”