Silva’s last bout took place in November, when he faced Mark Hunt for a second time (their epic first fight was declared a draw). The latter caught “Bigfoot” in the opening round, and the bout was officially declared a TKO with for Hunt.
Well, recently Silva spoke with MMA Junkie.com, and here’s what the veteran had to say about the fight’s conclusion.
“When Mark Hunt fights, whenever he sees that his opponent is knocked out, he immediately walks away and starts commemorating,” Silva said. “He never swarms his opponents. And in that fight, he saw that I was still OK. So much so, that he came toward me again…
“Immediately after the stoppage, I got up to demonstrate that I wasn’t rocked. When you’re rocked on the ground and get up too fast, your body automatically stumbles to one side. I take no credit away from him, in any way, but I think the referee could have let the fight go a little longer.”
Silva certainly didn’t appear to be out, but whether he would have been able to launch a comeback is another question. At the end of the day, Silva’s record reflects that he’s lost three of his last five fights, and four of his last six. As a result, his scrap this Sunday with Stefan Struve could be a must win, in terms of remaining with the UFC.
Struve, meanwhile, is coming off a UD loss to Jared Rosholt in November. The 7’0 tall fighter has lost three of his last four scraps. Chances are Silva – Struve is not going to last 15 minutes.
UFC FN 87 will go down in Rotterdam, Netherlands.