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UFC FN 61: “Bigfoot” Silva Says Weak Chin Not an Issue

Kelsey Mowatt

Antonio Silva

“Bigfoot” Silva has been KO’d in consecutive fights, and has taken more than his fair share of pounding shots in his last four, but clearly the massive heavyweight isn’t concerned about the strength of his chin.

At UFC Fight Night 61 last night, Silva was quickly dropped by a left hook from Frank Mir, and then the Brazilian took several more, punishing blows from above. In September, Silva was brutally KO’d by Andrei Arlovski in the opening round.

Well, during last night’s post-presser, Silva was asked whether he’s concerned that his chin might not be what it used to be. The 35 year-old fighter, who didn’t seem to care for the question (no shocker there), responded with this (quotes via Sherdog.com):

“I don’t know if you watched the fight. Watch where the first punch was where he knocked me down,” Silva said. “All the knockdowns that I’ve taken were hits to my head. I think [a weak chin] has nothing to do with it… Frank hit me first. He’s a heavyweight. Heavyweights are like this. It happens.

“Sometimes you take a whole fight taking punches, like it was with Mark Hunt, and you’re still there. Then, all of a sudden, you get a punch that lands in the right place. It was his merit. I waited to hit him on the counter attack, but it was all his merit. Congratulations to him.”

Now sure, no fighter wants to hear that question, and usually, most active fighters will flatly deny that there’s any issue with their chin. But, considering Silva has been stopped in three of his last four fights, the question isn’t that surprising.

The American Top Team fighter rightly points out that he took a lot of heavy shots from Mark Hunt, who has several one shot and drop victories, but that was before he faced Arlovski last fall. Silva and Hunt battled to a five round, majority draw in December, 2013, in what was one of the year’s best fights.

Regardless of whether you think Silva’s chin is an issue, if he gets KO’d in his next bout, chances are the contender will no longer be with the UFC. “Bigfoot’ has gone winless now in four straight fights, after taking out Alistair Overeem in February, 2013.

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