Bigfoot is willing to drop to 205 for a fight with Thiago Silva

Posted on June 11, 2013, 01:49 PM by Mike Drahota
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After Thiago Silva’s impressive win over Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante at last week’s UFC on Fuel TV 10, former UFC heavyweight title contender Bigfoot Silva quickly took to the web to call him out. The two were former teammates, and there is apparently a ton of bad blood brewing between the two heavy-hitting Silvas.

Thing is, Bigfoot competes at heavyweight, and has been known to cut weight in order to make the 266 lb. weight limit for his bouts. Thiago Silva fights at light heavyweight, but Bigfoot seems to think that he should be fighting at heavyweight according to some of his tweets. Thiago responded to Bigfoot’s challenge by accepting the fight, provided it is contested at 205 lbs.

And while this may seem like a distinct impossibility, news comes today that Bigfoot is indeed planning on attempting the drastic cut down to 205, telling 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.”

“All I want to do is just fight him because words won’t make him change. He’s mentally sick, we’re completely different people. I am a family guy - I respect my father, mother, wife, I treat my friends well, without pulling their legs, and I don’t take drugs.”

Apparently the two Silvas had quite the falling out since their days at ATT. While the details of the spat aren’t specific, the fight may become a reality if Bigfoot can truly do the unthinkable and make 205. There’s no doubt that both are extremely powerful punchers with good backgrounds in BJJ as well. But there has to be some serious animosity between the two for Bigfoot to try to drop around 70 lbs. to make the fight.

He called Silva disrespectful and mentally ill, and also cited Thiago’s well-documented drug use, which resulted in his prior two wins being changed to no-contests. An interesting call-out, as Bigfoot himself tested positive for PEDs after fighting for the Elite XC heavyweight title.

We’ve seen trash talk to hype a fight, but it appears that this beef is personal. Accusations like the ones Bigfoot has thrown around usually aren’t tossed at an opponent lightly, and rarely used just to promote a fight. This conflict has risen to a boiling point, and we’ll see if it ever gets solved within the Octagon. 


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  • watermelon fresh
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    WHO CARES! - Why is this site so gossipy when it comes to fighters, especially from different weight classes talking smack about others?


    Post better material and things that are more interesting. Example - Jon Fitch recently disclosed his UFC earnings over the course of his UFC career, he's the first bigger name fighter to do so. The things Fitch said are really interesting and something to think about - A top ranked fighter making not so much money and raises valid points. Instead we have to read that BIG FOOT and Silva are don't like each other.

    C'mon Lowkick

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  • Mike Drahota
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    I'd have to argue that Fitch discussing his pay after the fact, having been cut from the UFC after losing the most pivotal bouts of his career, is more gossip than a personal beef between two fighters that might actually provide an exciting bout for the fans. I think Fitch was a good fighter but that's more relevant than anything he'll provide for the fans from now on (and many would argue for years prior as well).

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  • watermelon fresh
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    you miss the point! Fighter pay is a hot topic NOT FITCH and it's not gossip if he's explaining how it works. Why don't you post more about Jenna/Tito or Kim/Kanye

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  • Mike Drahota
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    Never saw the article about Kanye and Kim.

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  • Mike Drahota
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    And I see your point, fighter pay is a hot and very relevant topic. But I'll tell you why Jon Fitch's stance on fighter pay is extremely irrelevant. First, he discloses past years of pay/bonuses, where he fought in several fights during years that fighter pay was not that great. I know it's still not the best, but there's no way you can argue that Jon Fitch would not have made a lot more money than he did if he put on some exciting finishes once in awhile.

    He was very good at what he did, but I can't remember the last time anyone asked me, "Remember that sweet Jon Fitch fight?" And Dana White, like him or not, was on record saying several times that he would not give Jon another title shot unless he had no other choice.

    Maybe Dana says he has no beef with Fitch, and maybe he doesn't. But the fact is that it's no secret that White wants fighters who are exciting, and for good reason. So for that, Fitch's pay as a former UFC fighter does not matter in today's discussion of MMA, unless you were arguing that a wrestler like him isn't paid enough.

    Bigfoot vs. Thiago Silva might not ever happen, but you can bet it would be exciting if it did. That's more than I can say for Jon Fitch's pay stubs.

    Reply 11 months ago
  • chael4president1
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    I think the Fitch vs. Erick Silva fight was about the most exciting Fitch fight ever. Even without a finish, it was an awesome beatdown but also back and forth. And the first time I was rooting hard for John Fitch. I mean who doesn't like it when the old lion beats the c0cky young hot shot. He gave it everything he had, but the kid was just too good to be finished. Even though he gassed later.

    The point is that fight wasn't too long before Fitch got cut. This comment is not about which post is more gossipy or newsworthy. Dana said publicly that John Fitch didn't fight "cheap" and that was one reason for cutting him. I am defending Fitch in his recent actions because it's just a rebuttal for what Dana said. And of course Fitch is still kind of ticked off. What fighter wouldn't be after a run like his. Dominating everyone not named GSP for years. He finally loses a couple fights right after his best performance ever. And they cut him, supposedly without even asking him if he'd just take a pay cut.

    The new fighters are getting better so it's just like any company that fires the old guy so they can hire 3 or 4 young guys on his salary. Maybe cutting Fitch was just a statement to show guys they will be cut if they don't fight more exiting and take more risks. If not then the UFC must be in some financial trouble.

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  • inero
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    No one gives a **** about John Fitch

    Reply 11 months ago
  • dana&patrick; star are 1 person
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    at heavyweight or light heavyweight thiago will still destroy bigfoot no doubt about that, base on style and the power there's no sense of this fight but i still love this fight to come true.

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  • TheRealDeal
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    Answer is simple, leave the site.....

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  • ShaunDiel
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    If he cut his head off he'd be able to make featherweight.

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  • IChokePeople
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    Never going to happen.

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  • KeithFarrell
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    The man has to cut to 265. I think it would be almost impossible for him to make it down without damaging his body badly (chopping off leg)

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  • N.C.
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    So you gotta wonder... what thiago did to piss him off that much.

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  • highkick12
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    I was thinking the same thing.

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  • Brian Cox
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    Get a life. He should worry about getting better in a division that he fits i.

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  • TheRealDeal
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    Bigfoot's head weighs 205......

    Reply 11 months ago
  • D
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    Thiago Silva would have a decent chance to KO him at heavyweight , where he would have a ridiculous speed advantage. (see Bigfoot vs. Mike Kyle to understand why I say this)

    At 205, Bigfoot would be "Big Skeleton" and Thiago Silva would destroy him quickly.

    Reply 11 months ago