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“Bigfoot” Silva Invites Critics Down For Sparring Session Following UFC FN 87 Defeat

Kelsey Mowatt

Antonio Silva

It sounds like some fans and haters decided to pile on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, following his quick loss last weekend to Stefan Struve, and not surprisingly, the heavyweight’s firing back.

Struve caught Silva moments into the co-headliner of UFC FN 87, followed up with a big knee to the body, and the finished the fight with follow up punches. The bout lasted just 16 seconds.

Following the defeat, Silva posted the following comments on Instagram, which reportedly included a challenge to all his critics (translations via MMA Fighting.com):

Many people think that because we’re famous we don’t have feelings or desire to sometimes answer something. I will be very open and transparent to many shi–y Brazilians. This is why Brazil lives in misery: no education, culture and anti-patriotism. I want the jealous who couldn’t achieve their goals and success in life, who think it’s easier to sit in front of a computer and talk trash at others who work hard, overcome pain, exhaustion, an many times overcome diseases to achieve success… I want those you talk trash to f–k off, sit in a big macaxeira. And if you don’t like this and get mad like when you get in front of a computer, I train from Monday through Saturday at American Top Team, at 5750 FL-7 – Coconut Creek, Florida 33073. This is the address, show up there. But don’t forget to bring a mouthpiece, gloves and shin guard.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart to those who recognize a professional’s work. I apologize for opening up, and the lack of manners, to all of you who love MMA or any other sport, and recognize that an athlete not only wins on victories. Nobody wants to be defeated, but we make a plan and God makes another.

You have to feel for Silva here, but it’s not surprising that he’s had some less than kind comments sent his way. The internet can be cruel, particularly when you’ve lost four of your last five fights, and all four defeats were by stoppage.

It will be interesting to see what comes next for Silva. The Strikeforce vet worked his way back into title contention back in 2012 and 2013 by scoring wins over Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem, but since then he’s won just one bout (a stoppage win over Soa Palelei last August).

Struve, meanwhile, has won 2 of his last 3 fights, following consecutive losses to Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem.

UFC FN 87 took place in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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