Since Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has been hammered by UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, not once but twice, one could argue it will be a while before he gets another title shot. Even if Silva cruises through Andrei Arlovsk at UFC FN 51, tomorrow night in Brasilia, Brazil.
Well, in a recent interview with MMA Fighting.com, “Bigfoot” outlined why that view, in his opinion, is wrong.
While discussing his title shot aspirations, here is some of what the 34 year-old had to say:
“There are not many fighters in the heavyweight division, it’s not like the lightweights, so two or three big wins can get you a title shot,” said Silva. “It’s not about how many wins can you get, it’s about who can you beat. I earned a title shot with wins over Browne and Overeem. After I fight Arlovski, they will probably give me another one and then I can fight for the title.”
“When you beat everyone and there’s no one left, it’s inevitable. They have to give you another shot at the title,” added Silva. “I will win my fights, and I ‘m sure I will have another chance even if it’s Velasquez.”
It is true that the heavyweight division has nowhere near the same depth as many of the UFC’s lighter divisions, and that Silva did lock up a title shot, just two wins removed from his first defeat to Velasquez.
That said, it’s kind of hard to imagine the UFC going with Velasquez-“Bigfoot” III, unless the latter has put together a serious and impressive run.
Of course, this is assuming Velasquez is still the champ in a few months, after he takes on Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180 on November 15th. Silva also relayed that Velasquez has a “great opponent” in front of him, and that Werdum could provide the champ some complications. We shall see.
First things first, however, and that’s Arlovski, who also sees another title run in his future. While Silva is a considerable favorite heading into the bout, if he looks past the former UFC champ, he could be in for a surprise.
“Bigfoot”and Arlovski fought before at Strikeforce’s “Heavy Artillery” card in May, 2010, and Silva emerged with the unanimous decision victory.
More recently, Arlovski narrowly got by Brendan Schaub with a split decision in June, while Silva hasn’t fought since his epic draw with Mark Hunt in December, 2013.
Arlovski is 4-1 in his last 5 scraps, and Silva has gone 2-2-1 during that stretch. Saturday’s bout is clearly a huge fight for both men.
UFC FN 51 will be hosted by the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium and will also feature Gleison Tibau taking on lightweight Piotr Hallmann.
Saturday’s card will be available for viewing via UFC Fight Pass.