With just one victory in his past 10 MMA appearances, Antonio Silva (19-12-1) is trying something different.
As MMAjunkie previously reported, Silva has elected to try his hand at kickboxing, instead, and “Bigfoot” is jumping in the deep end, taking on current GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven (51-10 kickboxing) in the main event of Saturday’s GLORY 46 SuperFight Series event in Guangzhou, China.
The bout streams free of charge globally on UFC Fight Pass Saturday morning at 6 a.m. ET, meaning a monthly subscription to the UFC’s digital streaming service is not required to view the Glory 46 SuperFight Series card live – or on demand for one week following the event.
It’s destined to be an uphill battle for Silva, who oddsmakers have pegged as a massive underdog and makes his kickboxing debut in a non-title fight against one of the world’s best strikers.
“Rico is one of the best in the world, a champion, and has a lot of power and explosiveness – but I’m very relaxed about this fight,” Silva stated. “I’ve fought the best strikers in the world – Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem and others from kickboxing – and I believe one punch will finish this fight.
“I have kicks in my game, but I really believe in the power of my hands. If I can put one punch on him, I will put him down.”
Can “Bigfoot,” who weighed in at 285 pounds for the contest, pull off one of the greatest upsets of all time? Or will Verhoeven prove too much, too soon for his Brazilian foe?view original article >>