“It excites me. The UFC is the No. 1 event on earth. The best fighters in the world are there. I would love to fight there. I’d love to fight Brock Lesnar and send him back to pro wrestling because I don’t accept the fact that (he’s) ranked No. 2.  It’s not personal; I don’t know Brock. It’s just professional. I fight for my family. I love to fight and I need to fight, so I’ll fight any place and anybody. – For more reactions from Strikeforce fighters and managers, visit MMAJunkie.com

Just a month after securing the biggest victory of his professional career, defeating “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko via TKO in February, it appears Strikeforce Heavyweight contender Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva already has his sites set on another big name opponent.  Though its not the first time the Brazilian has expressed a distaste for the former WWE superstar, the potential for a future UFC/Strikeforce merger makes the idea of crossing promotional boundaries seem far less unrealistic to fans and fighters alike.  

The vicory over Emelianenko earned “Bigfoot” a spot in the semi-final round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, where he will face the winner of the upcoming Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum match-up.  The second set of quarfinal bouts are set to take place June 18th from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  While Overeem vs. Werdum will headline the stacked card, the co-main event will feature an additional tournament match between Josh Barnett and Brett Rogers.

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