May 26, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Blood drips down the forehead of Antonio Silva during his fight against Cain Velasquez during UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
"No easy fights in the UFC. He's a striker. His stand-up is pretty good and he's also a purple belt in jiu-jitsu, with good takedown defenses. He's a tough guy, will be a good fight. I lost both times in quick fights, I couldn't show my work. Velasquez and Cormier are two top fighters too, it's not like I lost to a nobody. Dana White knows what I can do and I'm happy with this chance."
-- You would think a vicious technical knockout victory by way of doctor stoppage over a man like Fedor Emelianenko would catapult a fighter into superstardom and for a time, it looked as though Antonio Silva may have been headed that way. But he was demolished by Daniel Cormier in the semifinals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament and followed that up by getting beat down even worse by Cain Velasquez at UFC 146 on May 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada, in his Octagon debut. Despite this, he's been given a main event match-up against Travis Browne at UFC on FX 5 on Oct. 5 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. And as "Bigfoot" tells Tatame.com, he's happy for the chance to prove himself. He knows there are no easy fights, though, and Browne will be no different. The undefeated Hawaiian has big power and an athleticism Silva may find difficult to deal with. But if he can come away with an impressive victory, it would go a long way in rebuilding his image as a top heavyweight contender. Anyone predicting that's exactly what he'll do?