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Poorly Translated Rumor of the Day: Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva to Face Cain Velasquez in April

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Brazilian MMA website Portal Do Vale Tudo is reporting that Antonio Silva already has a dance partner lined up for his UFC debut. “Bigfoot” will allegedly face former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez in an April clash. A poorly translated version of their report credits Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira with breaking the story in his weekly newspaper column [ed. note: please let it be the Portuguese version of “Dear Don”].

Silva has been recovering from a shoulder surgery that took place following his knock out loss to Daniel Cormier in the Strikeforce HWGP last September. It looks like the promotion’s heavyweight castoffs won’t be handled with kid gloves upon their arrival in the Octogon. This will be Cain’s first fight since his 64-second drubbing at the hands of Junior Dos Santos.

The match has not yet been announced or confirmed by the UFC. Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, initially denied the report, but somewhat changed his tune when he learned that “Minotauro” was the source of the rumor. According to Google Translate, he threatened Nogueira thusly: “Gee, I have to stick your ass it!”. Though we’re not exactly certain what that means, it sounds much more painful than any punishment John Dodson received for revealing Team Mayhem’s match-ups.

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Ginas_jugs- January 10, 2012 at 11:30 am
Best caption of the year. Too early?
jeshbhai- January 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm
bigfoot's part-time job
XENOPHON- January 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm
That is a good question, and would make for another good article that the people here would be interested in. Off the cuff, maybe there is just not allot of men at 265 who enter MMA. Face it, most heavyweight sized men either don't fight much, or are too awkward to fight.
Leaving us stuck with paying Zuffa a premium price while they are scavenging and picking thru their SF personnel. Mitrione isn't all that bad, but then again neither was Brock for a relative newbie. In fairness to Brock he should have be fighting the Mitrone's who have less than 10 total fights in terms of experience.
Considering that fighters only get average big money if they are in the the top 2-3 slots, the real wages 98% of these men get paid is crumbs. Take a Carwin for example. He surely could make more over a 20 year career working for some University as a wrestling coach.
My chicks kid's martial arts instructor has about 100 students per day at $50 bucks a month for 2 each per week, 2 hour long classes. Point is a good university coach is near the 6 figure mark if not more, and he is not dependent on lucking into the FOTN bonus.
As to your question, aside from raiding other promotions with higher salaries, or another lame TUF show dedicated to the heavies...its a division that offers little in terms of competition to JDS.
RoJoegan- January 7, 2012 at 6:37 pm
One question though, Xeno--if the UFC's heavyweights don't cut the mustard, then who's do?
RoJoegan- January 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm
@Xeno, fair enough, man. No edit button is bullshit. No hate over here, just having a little fun. Good points about the rankings as well. I just think Cain’s a beast with infinite cardio (and Bigfoot is short on skill)—we’ll see how Cain looks after he recovers. Anyone could be knocked out by JDS, especially by a shot that lands behind the ear.
XENOPHON- January 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm
First, one can't hate over a couple typos without the edit button.
Second, strange you think Shrexicain is all that. His record is really weak sauce. True 9-1 should not be considered bad, the problem is the names of the men he's beaten.
`AR Nogueira
Then again look at the UFC's top 15 - 20 Heavyweights. Their best doesn't cut the mustard either. Matt Mitrione (6-1) is ranked at 10th best. He has had less fights than Karma.
RSparrow- January 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Best caption of 2012
frndlylion- January 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm
UFC Heavyweight division is really getting scary. All these big men coming in from all corners of the globe. Best time to be a fan is still to come!!!
RoJoegan- January 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm
First off, @Xeno, you're comments are more incoherent than usual. Second, IF this is somehow true, Bigfoot will look like a complete amateur against Cain. Third, great caption.
doowm- January 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm
All I have to say is Silva v Valasquez = Bigfoot v Shrexican!!!
War Shrexican!!!!!!
RaginAsian- January 7, 2012 at 11:54 am
Geez, why not just giftwrap the poor over-sized bastard.
XENOPHON- January 7, 2012 at 11:28 am
I think you got this backwards. You slant that the cast offs from SF won't be getting easy UFC match ups.
I think it's the other way around. Here is Cain Velasquez (UFC hype for all Latins) who got past Brock for a belt (as Brock is easy to buckle) and now that is 1 minute KO stripped him of his belt he faces BigFootitis. The man who also lost his last outing.
Must be nice to be sitting Phoenix Cain, the last HW who is not afforded a rematch for the belt.
Since JDS holds the title, It sounds like to me, the UFC wants to send him a man with real chin. In this case he might just bring both the big foot and the chin.
QUESTION: If Big Foot tears Cain's ass apart, does that still support Fedor sucks any worse?