Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is set to make his UFC debut at UFC 146 in late May, taking on Roy “Big Country” Nelson on the all-heavyweight main card.
Having recently seen a three-fight streak — which included an upset win over Fedor Emelianenko — ended in dramatic fashion by Daniel Cormier, Silva needs a big win over Big Country to establish himself as a legitimate threat in the UFC’s heavyweight division. Speaking with MMAJunkie recently, Silva said that’s exactly what he intends to do.
“I will only concentrate on Roy – with the same determination I had with Fedor Emelianenko,” Silva said. “All I want to accomplish are good fights for my fans, and I want the UFC happy with me. I need to establish myself in the event. There is a long road to a title shot.
“I want to thank first of all God. I thank the UFC for giving me this opportunity, and I will always give my best when I enter that cage. I want to thank my managers, Alex Davis and Dan Lambert, ATT and Team Nogueira. I will be constantly looking for a knockout or a sub.”
UFC 146 goes down on May 26 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.