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Bigfoot Silva is Cool with Whoever Strikeforce Wants Him to Lose to in His Next Fight

(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.

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fatbellyfrank- August 21, 2010 at 9:55 pm
@ ballkick, yeah you were in my thoughts mate, have a great time down in Vegas my friend. I'm off to the Torres Strait Islands for work for next two weeks so transmission will be sporadic. but cruisin the Islands for a cuppla weeks and calling it work, sweet as
Chat soon mate
Ballkick- August 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Good to keep the missus happy, gotta do that from time to time.
Had a tough week with the anniversary of ,.....well you know.

GF is taking me to Las Vegas next week so looking forward to sitting in the sun @ Mandalay bay drinking Crown & Cokes for three days. taking the iPad so will be checking in here once or twice...ttyl.
fatbellyfrank- August 21, 2010 at 7:38 pm
One Two Says:
Sun, 08/22/2010 - 07:03
ahh the UFC nuthugging is strong with this post. You are all douchebags, antonio Silva is a good fighter. You should try and actually enjoy MMA instead of talking shit all the time i didn't hear this shit when Diego Sanchez was facing Bj penn if its not UFC its critisized unfairly.
P.S. fuck off.
So, four comments in and were all UFC nuthuggin douchebags, is that just the four guys who preceded your comment, the entire population of the planet? or just CP posters in general. "Suck it TUF newbs", once again, directed at anyone in general or just a broad brush stroke?
As for SF v's UFC in general, UFC has it all over SF in terms of professionalism, and as for the fighters, I would love to see Fedor in the cage v's Big Roy Nelson, we'll see how your best fighter in the world stacks up against the UFC gatekeeper
I'd put a hundred on Big Roy in a heartbeat.
fatbellyfrank- August 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm
@ Ballkick, howdy my friend, givin it a rest this weekend, keeping Mrs Fatbelly happy with doin the gardenin stuff and jobs around the house this weekend, apart from little sneaks onto CP to see how the world is going
Ballkick- August 21, 2010 at 6:50 pm
How's the beer tonight/today?
It's about noon isn't it?
Ballkick- August 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm
@One Two

I am reminded of my least favorite High School teachers favorite saying after reading your post.
you have a right to your opinion,.......Even if it is wrong.

I wish these SF fighters could get into the UFC, just so you could see just how out of their element they truly would be.

Mdot50- August 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm
one two- I love having SF on showtime man... fuck the other dude, tuff noobs are a dime-a-dozen on here...
ThrashingMad- August 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm
I do wish that SF would scoop up the remaining good HWs outside of the UFC, as they really don't have much to do otherwise. But other than Barnett, Rizzo, Sylvia there really aren't many.
One Two- August 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm
Shane fucking "bob Sapp" Carwin just fought mr 4 and 1 brock lesnar for UFCs HW belt your really gonna talk shit about Silva Overeem? "Wah Wah I hate MMa" Have fun not watching "Strikefarce" as you call it tonight, but i'm gonna watch it and its probabally gonna be bad ass, and it's free. suck it TUF newbs go watch UFC reruns since their title matches and contenders are so much more supreme, and anything not UFC is a joke, and a dissapointment.
bloodsportmmadotcom- August 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm
You forget that Strikeforce could sign another big-time heavyweight as well ala Dan Henderson (fail) and Paul Daley (not official, but best signing of the year no doubt if it happens)...

There's a reason Strikeforce has the best fighter in the world on their payroll - the company has some decent dough backing them, and people seem to forget this simply because they are the No.2 promotion...

Shane Carwin has yet to say word one about the steroid scandal, nor has the UFC brass - what's to say Carwin doesn't get thrown out like yesterday's trash once Dana White realizes he's a serious risk of being a PR nightmare, only to have Strikeforce turn another man's trash into their treasure....

The game changes quick ladies & gentlemen - its' never just black & white when it comes to TODAY's roster in an era of competing fight venues with money to burn...
Mr_Misanthropy- August 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm
@ Almost North

They button hooked me. I didn't they was gonna fucking button hook me.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm
Strikeforce is not new and they used to be a lot more consistent before they started trying to imagine that they were "Number 2" without doing the leg work to build a functional large organization. Word on the street is that this is partially due to the meddling influence of the idiots at Showtime.

I was going to write a long post detailing all of the very legitimate complaints I have about Strikefarce when I realized that I have already done it many times before and I have better things to do with my time than try to enlighten strangers. We can have this discussion again if things have improved by next march.
Almost North- August 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm
You guys got trolled.
ThrashingMad- August 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm
Strikeforce doesn't have the depth at this point to have Ufc-esque, title-based matchmaking. It would be rather impossible. Comparing the way SF makes matches to the way the UFC does is apples and oranges. Also remember that strifkeforce is still an up-and-coming organization. Back in the UFC's infancy guys would get title shots coming off losses, or guys would get shots for beating people like Wes Sims.

What else would they do? Werdum is hurt, so that rules out him fighting reem or rematching fedor.
Fedor vs Reem would give fedor a title shot coming off a loss. Maybe Reem fights silva and Fedor fight Kharitonov, then Fedor and Werdum rematch to get a shot at Overreem. But that would take a while to pan out.

Really, where SF is right now, all they can do is put on good fights and keep their fighters active. I think that putting all of their focus on titles and title runs similar to what the UFC does would just lead to endless rematches and long periods of stagnation.
fatbellyfrank- August 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm
@1,2 go fuck yourself you ignorant cunt
UFC nut hugging douchebag
fatbellyfrank- August 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm
Lashley v Batista, for a suitcase full of cash and a clause they can challenge Overeem whenever they like, at an event, at the concession stand, in the carpark, whatever. Make it happen Scotty boy you know we all want it
Mr_Misanthropy- August 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm
@ One Minus Two equals Your IQ

I never said shit about Antonio Silva, what I'm talking about is the nonsensical trainwreck that is Strikefarce's "match-making". The fact that they haven't picked up any relevant talent since they broke the bank on Hendo is a bit of a tell as to their financial solvency, in my opinion (I guess at least they pay their fighters). The bullshit they pulled with their women's "tournament" (two 3-minute rounds? get the fuck out of Phoenix and hold a real event) and most of the rest of the cards they have been putting on for the last year have been pretty whack. I like all MMA. I don't identify with any brands and I really don't even have any favorite fighters. I like good fights, I don't care who is in them or who puts them on. I also refuse to be an idiot. If you are so stupid that you want to support jack-asses that can barely run their own companies, pretend to be something they aren't, routinely make meaningless fights, and dry up and blow away in the wind overnight that's your prerogative. I'm done getting my hopes up and believing the circus hype, I come from the "show-me" state. Strikefarce needs to show me that they have a deep enough roster to do something other than put on re-matches in 2011.
DazedNConfused- August 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Nah he's a good fighter but he isn't that good. He'll get wrecked. I just want Overeem facing UFC guys like Cain, JDS and such. It'd be too awesome
dedflesh- August 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm
big foot might just surprise everyone
One Two- August 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm
ahh the UFC nuthugging is strong with this post. You are all douchebags, antonio Silva is a good fighter. You should try and actually enjoy MMA instead of talking shit all the time i didn't hear this shit when Diego Sanchez was facing Bj penn if its not UFC its critisized unfairly.

P.S. fuck off.
AdamTerminus- August 21, 2010 at 12:04 pm
Good to see that Japanese style matchmaking (nonsensical, pointless, leaving fighters clueless as to who they're actually fighting until the last possible second) has officially made it's way stateside. Congrats, Strikeforce. With you, the spirit of Pride will truly never die.

Until you get run out of business at the end of the year, of course.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 21, 2010 at 11:51 am
Somebody needs to put this lame horse out in the back pasture... or shoot it and send the carcass to the dog food factory.
newdeal- August 21, 2010 at 10:56 am
Strikeforce needs to pick up some more fighters they are running out of options pretty quickly
jgrant- August 21, 2010 at 10:44 am
Strikeforce's best plan would probably be to just get rid of the heavyweights at this point. Seems likes they've done nothing but cause problems.