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After Antonio Silva destroyed Alistair Overeem in the third round of their UFC 156 heavyweight bout, "Bigfoot" had to be physically restrained by the referee from taunting the semi-conscious "Demolition Man." He did, however, have a message for his disrespectful foe.
"Let's go, come fight. LET'S GO! I want to fight more."
-- There are few words to explain what happened last night (Feb. 2, 2013) in the Heavyweight clash between rivals Alistair Overeem and Antonio Silva at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pair had a dust up at the pre-fight press conference (watch it here), with Overeem threatening to "destroy" Silva, while "Bigfoot" promised to teach him some "respect." It's pretty clear what lesson was learned, as Silva scored a devastating third round knockout, turning the Heavyweight division on its head and dropping jaws worldwide (watch the vicious knockout here). Overeem, who had a guaranteed title shot against Cain Velasquez signed, sealed and delivered, no doubt took Silva for granted. He was visibly over confident, smiling and patting his cheeks, daring Silva to hit them before the fight even started. And during the fight he had no respect whatsoever for the Brazilian's stand up, keeping his hands near his hips, thinking that he was such a superior stand up fighter (and he is) that he didn't need to bother protecting himself at all times. That turned out to be a monumental mistake, one that "Bigfoot" wanted to ensure that he understood full well as he laid delirious on the Octagon floor -- referee Herb Dean has to physically restrain Silva moments after the bout was stopped. He had an important message to deliver, which he revealed during a post-fight interview on FUEL TV (transcribed above). Silva definitely made his point clear; however, it's unlikely that Overeem was able to comprehend it after absorbing such violent punishment. And he definitely was not up to the challenge.