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Dr Gonzo 06-23-2011 01:32 PM

Bigfoot Silva: “I won’t let Overeem rest for even a second”
 
The following is an interview from Bigfoot. Some innteresting points. I dont believe we will see the same Overeem we saw in the Werdum fight. Antonio is getting ahead of himself here I believe. One dodgy performance doesn't mean Alistair is suddenly a can. Im predicting a TKO 3rd rnd win for Overeem.

Bigfoot will eat his words, mark my erm...words.

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Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva was just playing a supporting role on Strikeforce’s heavyweight GP, but after defeating Fedor Emelianenko on its quarterfinals, he’ll decide with Alistair Overeem who’ll have a vacancy on its finale.



On an exclusive interview given to TATAME, which you can read by clicking here, Bigfoot analyzed the bout against Overeem, but revealed he wished to dispute the tournament’s finale against Josh Barnett, who’ll face Sergei Kharitonov on the other semifinal bout.



“I’d really like that, defeating Overeem, do the finale against him because it’s a personal issue that we got to go through”, said Bigfoot. “I’ll never bring my feelings into the ring, because then you ruin all your game plan. But, I’ll set a good game plan and we’ll solve this personal issue, just me and him. But I’m not thinking about Josh right now”.



Check below the exclusive interview with Bigfoot, who also comment on Fabricio Werdum’s performance against Alistair Overeem and asked the fans to pray for Vitor Miranda’s son, who’s on a hospital on the United States.



What are your thoughts about the fight between Overeem and Werdum, which defined your next opponent?



I was hoping more of this fight. Due to the fact I know Overeem, I know he’s an aggressive guy, I know he respected Werdum a lot, even because you have to after all he’s done. He didn’t want to fight on the ground against Werdum, and I guess everybody was hoping for a submission of knockout, but unfortunately neither of these things happened. He’s a Brazilian, a friend of mine and a good guy… But, unfortunately, it happened. Someone wins and someone loses, but life goes on.



Were you surprised by Werdum’s posture, of trying to pull Overeem to his guard all the time?


Man, on the first round, I’ll tell you he did the right thing. I have told him before that Overeem would get a little tired on the second and third rounds. On the first minutes of the fight, you can really go for it against him because he’s much dangerous, he has his full power, he’s strong, he’s muscle… But, on the second and third round, he’d slow it down. It was what we all saw. On some moments Werdum went for it and could’ve gotten the knockout, but Werdum was also tired. He didn’t stay on the top, he didn’t used his ground game at any moment, he didn’t do the clinch work, so… I guess that if Werdum had pushed it a little harder he would have got the win.



Do you believe this bout showed a weak point of Overeem, who was exhausted when the bout was over?



All fighters have weak and strong points, not only him. Every single one of us. We’re human beings. And I’ll tell you something: he showed me the way. I’ll get ready to do a good fight. Now I have to train just like I did for Fedor, or more. Because in case I train less than that, I won’t feel confident. The difference is that I won’t let Overeem rest for even a second, I’ll impose my game. Of couse I’ll respect him, since he’s extremely dangerous. I won’t make any mistake because, if you do so, he’ll knock you out. He’s a striker. But I’ll not worry about him. I’ll worry about me, with my trainings, my game polan and, with God’s blessing, everything will work out just fine.



Everybody pointed out Overeem as the one with the best striking Power on the heavyweight division, especially since he won K-1. Do you think he showed a not so good striking game this time, since he wasn’t able to impose his game over Werdum?


As I said before, if Werdum had pushed it a little harder, he fit a good knee and some punches which brought Overeem dizzy and he stepped back… If he had kept on moving forwards, he could’ve knock him out. If he tried to get his legs, he could have taken him down and imposed his ground game, because Werdum is a legend on the ground game. But, unfortunately, he injured his knee, he was limping all the way back to the hotel. It’s already complicated to strike with Overeem, especially when you have an injured knee. It’s even more complicated. We can’t take the credits of Overeem, but fighting while injured is pretty hard.



I’ll do my job, set a great camp for this bout and I’ll go for the win. I had told you before I fought Fedor that people were like: ‘Fedor, Fedor…’ And I used to say: ‘guys, I’d like to tell you I’m not sitting at home eating pizza and drinking Coke and watching movies. I was training a lot and he’s not a superman, he’s a human being like any other’. I love entering the octagon as the underdog, I like being booed at, it only motivates me and gives me the strength to go there and prove that I’m not fighting MMA just to be another number and put some money in my pocket. I’m there to fight and make some space for myself, and be among the best.



What are your thoughts about the other quarterfinals, between Josh Barnett and Brett Rogers? What do you hope of this semifinals between Barnett and Kharitonov?


Man, the bout between Josh and Brett Rogers I practically predicted what would happen. I have talked to Brett, I have told him and his coach: ‘stay alert to your legs, he won’t like to strike with you, he won’t like to do the stand-up game with you and he’ll try to take you down with his good Wrestling’. And it’s what I would do if I was fighting him: I’d try to take him down and finish the fight. Credits to Josh, he could do it, he took him down pretty well. He’s a complete fighter, as I told you before. He’s good while striking, he has good Wrestling, he has a good ground game. He’s a complete fighter.



Now, on this tournament, I guess he’s the most complete athlete. This bout against Kharitonov will be another tough one, he won’t take him down that easily. Kharitonov, besides having heavy hands just like Brett, has a better posture while standing up, and is a better boxer. But I’ll cheer for him, because I’d really like that, defeating Overeem, do the finale against him because it’s a personal issue that we got to go through.



I’ll never bring my feelings into the ring, because then you ruin all your game plan. But, I’ll set a good game plan and we’ll solve this personal issue, just me and him. But I’m not thinking about Josh right now. I’m focused in Overeem. I’ve been training for a month now, thinking about Werdum and Overeem. In May I started to train and I spent three days a week training for fighting Werdum, and two days training in case I’d fight Overeem. I’ve started doing that in May, so it’s five months of preparation. Now I’m focused on Overeem, on defeating him.



I’ve said before that, in case I defeated Fedor, I’d win this tournament, because I’ve saw this bout against Fedor as a finale of the tournament to me. It was the toughest fight of the tournament, he was the most dangerous person in there, he was pointed out by everyone as the one to become its champion, and I fought him on my first bout on the tournament. That has given me extra motivation to train, to conquest this title. Now, if you want to beat me up, you’ll have to submit me or knock me out because I really want to win this tournament.



Did Strikeforce tell you anything about when you’ll fight next?


See, they’ve told me the month, which will be October. But they haven’t mentioned the place of the date. I guess they’ll tell me that soon. But, at least, I know it’ll happen in October and I’ll have a good time to train.



Do you want to leave a message?


I’d like to ask all fans that pray a lot, independent of what you believe in or who you are, if you believe in God or no. but pray for the son of our friend, the fighter Vitor Miranda, who’s going through a really bad situation (after drowning on a swimming pool on the United States). Let’s pray that he gets better and can bring many joys for his family, Vitor and Paula Miranda, a beautiful couple
http://www.tatame.com/2011/06/23/Big...-even-a-second

Big_Charm 06-23-2011 03:37 PM

+1 Good find.

I actually like Big Foot, even though he beat Fedor :)

He makes some good points and generally, seems like a humble guy. He's a hard match for anyone with his massive size advantage and BJJ background. It's true what he says about Overeem and the strength in the first few rounds... the guy is as solid as a tree.

I'm rooting for Overeem to take the tourney, but in all honesty, I could see Big Foot pulling an upset. He's come back before... Mike Kyle rocked him hard in which I thought was game over.

We definitely have some interesting match-ups coming this fall :thumbsup:

kantowrestler 06-23-2011 05:25 PM

What is wrong with him beating Fedor? Just shows how much he's improved. Though I don't think Bigfoot is going to pull this one out.

No_Mercy 06-24-2011 01:28 AM

Good read. Still gotta go with Overeem although I believe Silva's game plan is to take Overeem down in the 1st and soften him up then finish it in the 2nd or 3rd. Overeem needs to come in well conditioned; gonna be a lot of clinching. I'm curious to see if Overeem can manhandle Big Foot or Brock. Pound for pound Overeem is probably the leanest with the most impressive physique. Cheick is there, but doesn't have the KO power, Brock is huge (no striking ability), Carwin (bulky and slow), Mario (5x world champion) with very limited gast tank and limited striking capabilities and ground game. It's pretty rare to see somebody so jacked up with a complete game. Usually the bigger you are the slower you are, in Overeems case he's extremely technical and his added muscles are used to his full advantage.

kantowrestler 06-24-2011 01:43 AM

Yeah, but I don't see Silva taking him down. Bigfoot doesn't have the takedown ability that some other heavyweights have and only a skilled wrestler could take down Overeem. Not to mention he is too tall and would have to crouch down.

Finnsidious 06-24-2011 07:33 AM

I don't want to make too much of one fight each, but after their last fights, Overeem better give his head a shake. He barely beat Werdum, and Silva beat Fedor, and looked good doing it. If Overeem gases or doesn't have a good plan, he is losing for sure.

People who were saying Overeem is badly overrated had a lot of material to work with after the Werdum fight. It's easy to look good against cans like James Thompson and Rogers. Werdum was Overeems first real test in years and he got the win, but it doesn't bode well for his future. After that last performance, the idea of Overeem beating any top 5 UFC HW seems far-fetched.

I'll be very interested to see how he looks against Silva, that will be a career defining fight for Overeem.

Dr Gonzo 06-24-2011 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Finnsidious (Post 1430078)
I don't want to make too much of one fight each, but after their last fights, Overeem better give his head a shake. He barely beat Werdum, and Silva beat Fedor, and looked good doing it. If Overeem gases or doesn't have a good plan, he is losing for sure.

People who were saying Overeem is badly overrated had a lot of material to work with after the Werdum fight. It's easy to look good against cans like James Thompson and Rogers. Werdum was Overeems first real test in years and he got the win, but it doesn't bode well for his future. After that last performance, the idea of Overeem beating any top 5 UFC HW seems far-fetched.

I'll be very interested to see how he looks against Silva, that will be a career defining fight for Overeem.


I agree with what you said. Especially the bolded part.

If Overeem manages a win, it won't be till the 3rd round. It will be a massive step forward for his career. The main thing that worries my about Overeem is that the K-1 champion got hit repeatedly by Werdum. I mean, Fabricio connected with alot of punches. Fair enough, its probably to do with the fact Overeem was looking out for the takedown, understandable given Werdums jitz skills. He just needs to make sure hes fully concentrating on all areas of his defence. I say that, but I doubt he will need to watch out for a takedown from Silva. Which leeds me to believe it will be a stand-up battle, which Overeem should win.

No_Mercy 06-24-2011 11:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Tyson Fury (Post 1430109)
I agree with what you said. Especially the bolded part.

If Overeem manages a win, it won't be till the 3rd round. It will be a massive step forward for his career. The main thing that worries my about Overeem is that the K-1 champion got hit repeatedly by Werdum. I mean, Fabricio connected with alot of punches. Fair enough, its probably to do with the fact Overeem was looking out for the takedown, understandable given Werdums jitz skills. He just needs to make sure hes fully concentrating on all areas of his defence. I say that, but I doubt he will need to watch out for a takedown from Silva. Which leeds me to believe it will be a stand-up battle, which Overeem should win.

Those were relatively weak punches used to set up take downs. Plus they were mostly blocked. Overeem has a very high guard like Shogun and Tito interestingly enough so he blocked majority of em and dodged that roundhouse early on in the 1st. A few of the knees landed, but Overeem returned fire. I believe Silva will go for the immediate clinch and takedown to drain Overeem's batteries. Same plan against Fedor and everybody else. Use his size to drain his opponent...nothing special. I see Overeem throwing him aside though and landing devastating shots to soften up Silva.

This match will be decided in the first 10 seconds. Silva will rush Overeem and gain control of the Octagon then threaten the takedowns. If Overeem can get his space to work his strikes then he should take it. This will be a very interesting match to see.

Big Foot has an abnormal cranium, but if anybody can knock em out it's UBEREEM...roflz!

Soakked 06-24-2011 01:15 PM

Nice to see a different side of Big foot. I'll actually be rooting for him or Overeem to take it. I think if Sergi finds a way to keep things standing I think he also has a good chance of winning. That guys is absolutely brutal on the feet.

SM33 06-24-2011 03:17 PM

Good interview, I like Silva in this fight. I think he'll smother Reem, he'll weather some shots to do it but he will make it a scrap. Werdum was landing combos on Reem and pushing him back, so Silva can definately do this and has heavier hands. Silva will consistantly attack here there and everywhere, and Reem will deteriorate even if he does look untouchable in the first.

Silva by (T)KO.


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