Shortly after the UFC on Fuel TV 10 fight card was concluded, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva expressed his disdain for fellow Brazilian and former American Top Team (ATT) training partner, Thiago Silva — who walked away with the event’s “Fight of the Night” and “Knockout of the Night” award thanks to his first round TKO victory against Rafael Cavalcante.
Bigfoot (18-5-0, 13 KOs) challenged Thiago (15-3-0, 12 KOs) to a fight, and the latter accepted… well sort of.
Thiago said he’s willing to fight, but only at 205 pounds.
Most MMA fans probably thought that was the end of the Bigfoot-Thiago saga, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Surprisingly, Antonio is willing to drop down to 205 pounds if his doctors clear him for the cut.
“I thought he was a coward,” Bigfoot said when asked for his reaction to Thiago’s demand during an interview with Fighters Only. “Many fighters perform at different weight classes, for example Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson. I personally will attend the doctors to see if I am able to lose weight without spoiling my health. If can do it, I will drop weight to make this fight for sure.”
It’s pretty hard to see a giant like Bigfoot dropping down to the light-heavyweight division, given the 6-foot-4 behemoth’s large frame and the fact he typically weighs in close to the heavyweight limit of 265 pounds (he weighed in at 263 pounds for his UFC 160 bout against Cain Velasquez).
While Antonio didn’t go into specifics about how his beef with Thiago started, he shed more light on the situation during his retort.
“I used to visit his house and he did mine, I was something of a brother to him and he simply stabbed me in the back and cheated me,” Antonio elaborated. “He said I’m upset because he left ATT, but he knows it’s not because of that why I’m mad.”
Realistically speaking, Bigfoot seems to be a tad too big to drop down to the UFC’s light-heavyweight division, so the chances of a fight between the two happening are slim to none unless Silva steps up and agrees to compete as a heavyweight.
That wouldn’t be a smart move on Thiago’s part though, as he’ll be giving up a significant amount of size against the former number one contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division. Besides, Bigfoot also has a track record of mauling those who dare make things personal with him.
Just ask Alistair Overeem.