It’s taken only one year in the UFC for Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (18-4, MMA) to make his mark in the heavyweight division. He first appeared in the UFC on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146 in Las Vegas and lost in a heavily one-sided beatdown at the hands of Cain Velasquez (11-1, MMA). On May 25 at UFC 160, “Bigfoot” gets his chance at redemption against Cain in a rematch, but this time the stakes are bigger as the two are battling for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
“This is very big for me, very important for my career, for my family and I want this title. I want to win this title for me, for Brazil, for my fans and for my family,” Silva said.
Silva is fully aware that the first time he and Cain traded leather, he didn’t put on his best performance. However, he insists that no one should expect a repeat of their last fight.
“This time it will be different. The first fight I was very nervous because it was my first fight in the UFC. There was a lot of adrenaline in my body,” Silva explained. “Now I have two more fights in the UFC, I got in these two fights, two wins, good knockouts and now I’m very, very confident.”
“I’m training in everything. Cain Velasquez is a tough guy, he’s a complete fighter. But I believe in my hands, every fight they make better. And in every opportunity I have, I’m going to put my hands on his face.”
“If he puts me on the ground I’m going to try to reverse position” said Bigfoot. “I’m a black belt in jiu jitsu and he does not have good jiu jitsu. He has good wrestling, he has good control on the ground, but he doesn’t have good jiu jitsu. And he puts me on the ground I will try to reverse position and use my ground and pound.”