(It was 5:15 and still no sign of the cable guy, but Antonio Silva wasn’t about to call that bitch at Comcast customer service again. PicProps: Strikeforce)
So the Strikeforce heavyweight division has come to this: With Fab Werdum injured and Fedor Emelianenko reportedly warming up to the idea of re-upping with the company following his next bout, Scott Coker and Co. appear intent on feeding Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva to either Fedor or champ Alistair Overeem in the coming months. To what end? Unclear, but with Silva the only legitimate (and healthy) 265-pound contender on the roster who hasn’t suffered a seemingly career defining loss lately, maybe it’s the only thing they can do.
At best, a fight pitting Bigfoot against either Overeem or Emelianenko is a place-holder. Just something to do until the promotion can suffer through another round of prickly negotiations with M-1 Global — rumor is Fedor won’t sign a goddamned thing until Strikeforce ponies up the dough for that racecar bed he’s had his eye on – and takes another crack at getting its two best heavies in the cage with each other. At worst, the Brazilian gigantor actually wins. Then what are you going to do? A Werdum vs. Silva rematch to determine who is The Greatest Fighter of All Time? Don’t think so.
Either way, Bigfoot doesn’t seem to give a damn.
"Both Overeem and Fedor are great fighters," Silva told MMA Junkie through an interpreter this week. "I would be more than happy to fight either one. I have a lot of respect for each of them … Ultimately, whoever it is, I will be happy to be in the cage and will give it my utmost and fight my heart out. I know that I can beat both Overeem and Fedor, so whatever happens, I guarantee that the fans will see an awesome fight, and I’ll be prepared."
Translation: It’s been a nice run, thanks for having me. Just give me a call when either of these two clowns are ready to beat someone up again.
Coker told the Junkie that Fedor likely won’t return to the Strikeforce cage in time for its next “big show” on Oct. 9. Perhaps in light of that, Silva says that he’s already begun prepping for a bout with Overeem.
“Strikeforce hasn’t yet given us a definite opponent, but it seemed likely that it was going to be Overeem, and I’ve been kind of planning accordingly," Silva said. "I believe Scott Coker has said to a few people that I’m likely to fight Overeem next, and I would be truly honored to fight him for the Strikeforce title."
No matter where it decides to deal the former EliteXC champion and former steroid loser, Strikeforce will certainly have to put any fanciful plans it might still have about pay-ver-views and epic pro wrestler vs. pro wrestler bouts on hold until it figures out what that cadre of crazy Russians wants to do.