Aside from defeating one of the best mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters in the world in Alistair Overeem at UFC 156, many believe Antonio Silva also earned himself a shot at redemption against current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who smashed the Brazilian at UFC 146 via first-round technical knockout in May 2012.
In case you can't recall that domination, you can check it out right here.
Since then, "Bigfoot" went on to score the biggest win of his UFC career, derailing "The Reem" and his title hopes last weekend (Feb. 2, 2103) in Las Vegas, Nevada, knocking him out in the third and final round in a shocking come-from-behind flash of Brazilian bombs.
With the victory, Silva also likely stole the title shot that was promised to Overeem had he defeated the massive Brazilian in "Sin City."
Though Team "Bigfoot," and UFC president Dana White for that matter, aren't opposed to a rematch against Velasquez, Silva's manager, Alex Davis, would rather have him fight someone else before getting another shot at "Brown Pride."
Davis recently spoke to MMA Fighting and laid out the plans he has for his client:
"Personally, I'd rather have him get some other fights before he fights Cain. But it's up to the UFC, if they want him to go for the title, we cannot say no, either. But all is up in the air at the moment. Antonio does not pick opponents. That has been his attitude forever. Personally, I like [Josh] Barnett, I like [Stefan] Struve. I think that Antonio can beat any heavyweight in the world on a good day. If it's a rematch with Cain that's on the horizon, we are game also. The first fight with Cain, Antonio made a small mistake in the beginning with that kick, I think [if it] was not for that, would have been a different fight altogether, so we are open to whatever the UFC wants for him."
Stefan Struve, meanwhile, is currently penciled in to face surging heavyweight contender Mark Hunt at UFC on Fuel TV 8 in Saitama, Japan, on March 3, 2013. It is very possible the winner of that match-up could find himself staring across the cage at "Bigfoot" in his next outing.
In their initial meeting last Memorial Day weekend, Velasquez blitzed through "Pezao" in less than four minutes, cutting up the forehead of the Brazilian and ultimately forcing a referee stoppage after painting the Octagon canvas crimson with Silva's blood.
Is he ready for a rematch against Velasquez so soon? If not, who should Silva fight next?
There are a few suggestions here to help you out.