When Strikeforce and UFC parent company ZUFFA closed the Strikeforce heavyweight division, the division's elite moved over to the UFC, including fan favorite former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Silva came off a KO loss to Daniel Cormier, but before that enjoyed a three fight win streak, over Andrei Arlovski, Mike Kyle, and Fedor Emelianenko.
Early rumors of a fight with former UFC heavyweight titleholder Cain Velasquez have not come to anything, but Silva is back from shoulder surgery and training anyway.
“Several things have been said, but nothing is 100 percent yet,” Silva told Sherdog.com. “As I always say, ‘Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.’ Two weeks after my surgery, I started training to get ready for when the opportunity appears. I’m eager to fight again, and when they put me inside that Octagon, I’ll always try to have good fights.”
“I’m doing very specific work in boxing and kickboxing to correct my mistakes. To make a mistake is human, but to remain in error is stupid. I fought two fighters from the American Kickboxing Academy, and they knocked me down. Against Mike Kyle, I was able to recover and win the fight, but against Cormier, I got knocked out for the first time in 20 fights.
“The people in my camp saw where the mistakes were, so now I’m going to train, train and train some more to fix it,. I’m also training jiu-jitsu in the gi, doing strength work and following a good diet in order to lose weight and improve my speed.”
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