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Antonio Silva Has a Message for Overeem and Fedor: ‘Quit Being Women and Just Fight Me Already’

(Does this belt mean nothing to any of you ladies?) 

Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva is so fed up with Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and Fedor Emelianenko waffling over who they want to fight next that he released a public statement last night through his MMA Profit Advisor sponsorship management group calling for either fighter to take off their dress and get into the cage with him.

Overeem has stated that he only wants to fight Fedor or Fabricio Werdum under the Strikeforce banner, and since Werdum is recovering from elbow surgery and Fedor’s camp hasn’t shown much interest in that fight regardless of the fact that it’s the bout most fans are interested in , it makes sense to have Silva fight Emelianenko. Unfortunately, neither Strikeforce or Fedor’s management group, M-1 Global know who they want the Russian fighter to fight next, so Silva is waiting on the edge of the dance floor hoping some one of these two ladies will let him cut in before he gets stuck dancing with a less than desirable dance partner.

Here’s Silva’s take on the situation:

 “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.”

You have to feel for Silva. Basically he’s being told by Strikeforce:
"Listen, buddy, you’re our last option for either of these guys to fight. We’re going to keep trying to get them to fight each other because that fight would sell the most tickets and bring us a little credibility, so how about you just wait and we’ll call you when we know what we’re doing with you. Sound good?"

If Overeem is continually going to refuse prospective opponents (like he did with DREAM and is now doing with Strikeforce), he’s going to be offered less fights and he could get himself stripped of his Strikeforce belt, which he has only defended once in over a year of ownership. 

How many champions in other organizations get to pick and choose their opponents?


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The Oracle of MMA- August 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm
Strikefarce is a shining example of how not to run a fight game.

There are two extremes that can be had with a fight promotion. In one situation the fighters are treated like dogs and get paid slightly better than dogs. The other end of the spectrum is where fighters rule the roost and pick and choose their opponents.

Until there is a decent regulatory body in place we will see this sort of nonsense ruining the fight game.

Clint Eastwood and John Wayne need to be brought in and given control over everything. Lay down the law and if entitled cowards won't fight who is put in front of them they have to deal with the boss.

Fighters should be paid a percentage of the overall earnings from any pay-per-view and in return they don't get to choose who they hide from.
cecils_pupils- August 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm
Typical. Now everyone thinks they can be the next Chael Sonnen.
ccman- August 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Fedor and reem are busy getting make up tips from Gus Johnson.

"A little more rouge and you will make the boys go simply cerazy"
Mr_Misanthropy- August 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm
...*snort,grunt*...Wazzata you sayin'? Strikeforce...don't make a no sense?...fights...*kaff,kaff*.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Fried Taco- August 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm
"I am not a woman who wants to be involved in soap operas, looking forward to the next episode."

Now if we can just get Cyborg to admit it, too.
Goog- August 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm
He's pretty mouthy and has that sense of entitlement for a guy who's not long off a PED suspension. How about being thankful you're even employed or that anyone even says your name?

"I diet for a while and hit the treadmill periodically throughout the year. And maybe twice in 12 months, I'll get in and do my actual job for a maximum of 15 minutes at a time. You OWE me, fuckers."

Honest to God... every time a Silva other than Wandy opens their mouth, it's just more shit.
danomite- August 27, 2010 at 11:58 am
Where the Flying F-Bomb is REx with my Bellator recap? I refuse to get my information from Maggie Hendricks or anybody else from Yahoo sports.

now to make this post relevant. Silva can't fight either of those two guys because doing so would result in his death, which in turn would violate the endangered species act.
glassjawsh- August 27, 2010 at 11:27 am
there's always Sergei Kharitonov
flyingogoplata- August 27, 2010 at 11:07 am
Problem is Silva has no one else to fight. Werdum injured, Overeem in K-1 and Fedor...well who the fuck knows what he's doing...hopefully knitting another stellar sweater. What's Barnett's suspension status in the U.S.? No one else not signed with UFC.
El Guapo- August 27, 2010 at 11:05 am
Silva needs to get Jack Links to sponsor him, for real..

Brock vs Bigfoot, Battle of the Jerk(y)
Japanadian- August 27, 2010 at 10:49 am
I don't want to see Overeem fight anyone in strikeforce. they all suck. Silvas best and only decent win was his last fight against arlovski and arlovski is almost in the same boat as tim sylvia.
El Famous Burrito- August 27, 2010 at 10:29 am
ArmFarmer- August 27, 2010 at 10:25 am
When has Fedor's camp (or Overeem's for that matter) ever given a shit about what the fans want to see??

Juice- August 27, 2010 at 10:22 am
So if the Reem and Fedor die due to ecstacy overdose and jungle gym accident (respectively,) and Silva gets the belt, does that mean he is going to bring in Mike Whitehead, just because Whitehead "will fight anyone?"
RwilsonR- August 27, 2010 at 10:18 am
I bet Fedor and Overeem feel pretty silly now. Sometimes it takes a real man, with real courage... and possibly a little acromegaly, to put things in perspective.
BONGTAR- August 27, 2010 at 10:15 am
Nobody but him thinks he has a shot. It's like Tim Sylvia calling all the UFC heavyweights bitches because they wont fight him. makes no sense.