Bigfoot Silva Claims Early Stoppage, Illegal Blows and Calls for Referee Reform Following UFC 160


Bigfoot Silva UFC 156UFC champion Cain Velasquez caught challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva with a right hand while exchanging in the pocket early in the first round of the UFC 160 main event in Las Vegas on Saturday. 

The punch knocked Silva to the canvas and Velasquez quickly swooped in on him.  Silva turtled up, trying to avoid the barrage of punches.  Silva claims, during the final seconds of the fight, before referee Mario Yamasaki stepped in to stop the action, that he received several illegal blows.

“I do agree that the fight was stopped too early,” said Silva during the UFC 160 post-fight press conference.

“I don’t want to say too much.  I’d rather you each watch the fight playback.  It’s clear watching it that took several illegal blows to the back of my neck,” said Silva.  “And the referee explained to me that the first illegal blow is a warning that should be issued.  The second should be penalized on points.  But in seeing the playback, you can see I took several illegal blows to the back of my neck.”

UFC president Dana White doesn’t think anyone who watched the fight will be “outraged” by the stoppage.

“I’ve seen worse stoppages,” he said.

Silva stands by his comments, however, and believes that referees should be held accountable for making mistakes, as in some other major sports.

“My way of thinking is that the same that applies to athletes that are penalized when they do something wrong or illegal should also apply to referees when they do something wrong.  They too should be penalized,” he said.

Despite thinking the fight was stopped early and he was the victim of illegal strikes, Silva didn’t want to take anything away from Velasquez.

“Cain Velasquez is a tremendous athlete and I don’t want my grievance on the illegal blows issue to take away from his tremendous athleticism,” said the 33-year-old Brazilian.

Switching gears from the past and looking to the future, Silva hopes to be back in action soon.

“I’m looking forward to my next big opportunity in the UFC, and I hope I can do a great fight for you guys in the near future.”

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 7 days ago
  • 5 views

MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 51 headliner Antonio Silva, who looks to defeat Andrei Arlovski for the second read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC Fight Night 51 hits Brazil Saturday for your viewing pleasure. Heavyweights Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Andrei Arlovski cap off the event in a bout that should not go the distance. If there is a read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 0 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 0 views

After nearly a decade spent battling with the world's best heavyweights around the globe, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva is finally coming home. The Brasilia, Brazil, native will not only be returning to th read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 2 views

The career paths of Antonio Silva and Andrei Arlovski will cross yet again, this time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 369 views

Andrei Arlovski proved he has plenty of bite left in him. read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 56 views

BRASILIA, Brazil -- Antonio Silva was fighting in his hometown for the first time in his MMA career a day before his 35th birthday, but former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski spoiled the party i read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 3 views

They always say you can't go home. Unfortunately for Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, he was the case study for such a fact Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 51. The native of Brasilia, Brazil, returned to h read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 17 views

The UFC returns this week with UFC Fight Night 51. Live from Brazil, the card airs exclusively on Fight Pass and hosts a bevy of fights with Brazilians, prospects and two heavyweight contenders. Form read news >>