GLORY planning human sacrifice
On August 26 arguably the best fighter in MMA will face the greatest boxer of his generation. The odds are not in the MMA fighter’s favor, at all, but it’s a fun fight.
The kickboxing organization Glory has likewise planned to have an MMA fighter face the top talent in the sport, under striking rules. But rather than an extraordinary opportunity, this one is something like a human sacrifice.
On one side of the ring will Glory heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven. ‘The King of Kickboxing’ is 6′ 5″ tall and 258 pounds. The 28-year-old has been training in the sport since he was seven, and is on a seven-fight win streak.
Across the ring will be Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. He is nearly identical to Verhoeven in size, at an inch shorter and a few pounds heavier. However, Bigfoot is 37-years-old and is 1-8 with one No Contest in his last ten fights. He has lost the last five in a row, and of the eight losses, seven were via KO.
“Obviously, it’s not a good fight for ‘Bigfoot,’” said Silva’s longtime manager Alex Davis to Ben Fowlkes for MMAjunkie. “Jumping right into [Glory] to go against the current champ, who’s a murderer? Yeah, we get it.”
Davis reports Silva truly believes he can win, and is back on testosterone replacement therapy, something he needs medically. And Bigfoot has the oldest reason in combat sports to fight too long.
“And also he needs money,” said Davis. “He can’t turn down fights at the moment for that reason. If it was up to me, he would not take this fight. But at the end of the day, my job is to inform him, give him my advice, and the one who has to make the final decision is him.”
“Physically, ‘Bigfoot’ has no problems whatsoever. He has no brain damage. We’ve done extensive research and testing, even before he left the UFC. So he’s OK on that end.”
“I’ll be very sincere and tell you, I can’t defend a man from himself. If he fights and doesn’t manage his money, he’ll go looking for the next fight. This is a very common problem with many fighters, not just ‘Bigfoot.’ That’s what creates situations like Gary Goodridge.”
Goodridge has been diagnosed with Dementia Pugilistica. Big Daddy had a career in both MMA and kickboxing, and believes the damage came from the latter. His condition is not curable. And it can start years after retirement.
“I had no idea it was coming,” said Goodridge in 2012. “You don’t know. Everyone around you tells you it’s happening, but you don’t notice it yourself.”