When Thiago Silva destroyed Feijao Cavalcante last weekend, it brought an immediate challenge from his former friend and training partner Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Bigfoot went as far to insinuate that he would be willing to drop all the way down to 205 lbs. to face Thiago Silva. But that will be unnecessary, as Thiago Silva told BJPenn.com that he would fight Bigfoot at a catch-weight of 220 lbs.:
“I can’t say too much about Bigfoot, you know? We used to train together, I know him, you know, I think he’s a hater. He’s jealous because I just beat his friend. If he wants to fight me, its ok, come to 205. Or much better; I’ll give you an idea; we can do like a catch weight, you know, like 220 pounds, 230, I don’t know, if he drops. I’ll do it, no problem. I want to fight. I fight for money, you know, and I like to beat stupid people like him. So if he wants to fight me we can do a catch weight at 220 pounds and I’ll be ready to beat him. Bet on that.”
That’s still a huge drop for Bigfoot, who has to cut weight to even make the heavyweight division limit of 266 lbs. Still, it appears that this bad blood runs deep, and both fighters are willing to make some sacrifices to fight outside their normal weight limits for the bout. Antonio Silva recently got destroyed by Cain Velasquez in the main event at UFC 160, so maybe there’s nowhere for him to go in the UFC’s biggest division. But can he make the weight to fight Thiago Silva?
Even if he does, Thiago Silva believes that Bigfoot will be no tough task for him:
“Every sparring we did together, he never did nothing to me. So, I can say I used to beat him every day at the gym. And uh, yeah, I don’t know why he wants to fight me. He knows I’m better than him. He knows I used to beat the crap out of him, you know. So I don’t know. He’s mad and he’s jealous, like I said. So, he wants fight me I’ll be ready. I fight for money, you know? It would be awesome beating him again.”
This back-and-forth could lead to quite an exciting fight between the two Brazilian heavy-hitters. Or, it could be more hot air. More on the proposed challenge as it unfolds.