Strikeforce heavyweight contender and former EliteXC champ Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (14-2, 1-1 Strikeforce) released a statement today regarding his current inability to find an upcoming opponent through his financial advisors, MMA Profit Advisor:
“I come from Paraiba, in Brazil, where we don’t back down from things! I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me; you will never see me picking and choosing opponents. It’s sad when the heavyweight champion starts whining that he will only fight this guy or that. What kind of a professional is this guy? He is the champ, isn’t he? Why be afraid to fight me? And Fedor, one of the biggest legends in the sport. Is this how he got to be a legend, by declining fights?
I never disrespect any opponent, no matter what his record is or what the public thinks about him. To me, he merits respect just for stepping up there and facing off, but these guys are disappointing me. They are demonstrating that they are not deserving of my respect.
We are fighters, supposed to be some of the best in the world, and our job is to get up there, perform, and put on a good fight for the fans. I am ready to do this, just tell me who is next and I will be there. I am not a woman who wants to be involved in soap operas, looking forward to the next episode.
I think that STRIKEFORCE needs to put an end to this. Give me whoever and I will fight him, and, win or lose, people will know I came to fight that day and put my heart into it. To me, this is the only way.”
Silva’s comments echo what many in the MMA community have been expressing over the Overeem/Fedor talks. With growing frustration from both fans and the fighters involved with the lack of control from Strikeforce. This will be a situation that will be followed closely until a resolution is announced.
Pictured: Antonio Silva