Antonio Silva scored the biggest victory of his MMA career Saturday night, unloading on Alistair Overeem and finishing him just seconds into the third round of their match at UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar.
Silva (18-4) vaulted himself into the upper-echelon of the UFC’s heavyweight division by stunning the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion.
Overeem (36-12) had been told he would receive a title shot with a win, but instead, wound up unconscious on his feet after eating a dozen rights from “Bigfoot.” Silva landed 14 of 20 shots – all of them significant – in 25 seconds in the third round.
“I told him at the press conference, ‘I will make you respect me brother,'” Silva said. “The fight is inside the cage, not outside. He talked a lot of (expletive) outside. I believed in myself, my coaches.”
Overeem’s had a 12-fight unbeaten streak snapped, as his last loss prior to Saturday came in 2007. He was returning to the Octagon for the first time since late in 2011 after being suspended for the majority of last year.
For Silva, while he may not receive the next shot at UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. he will likely be placed in a top-contender match. Velasquez defeated Silva in early 2012 before taking back the title from Junior dos Santos in December.
When asked if this was the biggest win of his career, Silva said “yeah, because the UFC is the big show. Now, I’m here.” He also earned a finish of former champion Fedor Emelianenko while competing in Strikeforce.