Thiago Silva walked away from UFC on Fuel 10 with a big win. He knocked out Rafael Cavalcante and earned both Knockout of the Night and Fight of the Night bonuses. This means he can earn an extra $100,000 from the weekend. Will he soon ask for a step up in competition at light heavyweight? Not if Antonio "Big Foot" Silva (no relation) has anything to do say about it.
During Saturday's fights, Antonio Silva, a heavyweight who recently lost a title bout to Cain Velasquez, tweeted in Portuguese that he wanted a shot at Silva because they had a "debt to settle." The two were once teammates with the Blackzilians and American Top Team. Recently, Antonio Silva returned to American Top Team.
Antonio Silva said he will fight Thiago at heavyweight, but Thiago balked at the idea of moving up in weight.
"He must be sad because I left American Top Team, but if he wants to fight me he has to come down to 205. That’s it," he said through an interpreter at the UFC on FUEL 10 post-fight press conference.
Antonio weighed in for his bout with Velasquez at 263 lbs. He stands 6-foot-4. The cut down to light heavyweight wouldn't be a small feat, especially considering he is 33 years old. But the guy calling for the fight should be the one to make the concession.