Battle of Giants: Antonio Silva, Stefan Struve Agree to Face Each Other

Note: This is a story I wrote for MMA Latest News

Two of the UFC’s biggest heavyweights have agreed to face each other in the octagon.

In an interview with MMA Junkie, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva said he’d like to face Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve at some point in the future.

Silva, who scored an early second-round TKO win over Soa Palelei at UFC 190, said he would like to avenge his longtime friend and training Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who lost to Struve that evening. Bigfoot also praised Struve, calling him a “tough and very nice guy.”

“We talk a lot, and I play with him a lot while we’re here (in Brazil). If that’s what the UFC wants, I will do it.”

Bigfoot also asked to fight on Sept. 27, which is the UFC Fight Night 75, headlined by Roy Nelson and Josh Barnett. Struve mutually agreed to the fight but said he had some lingering injuries to take care of and that the Japan event would be too soon. The Skyscraper put on an impressive performance against Nogueira controlling most of the fight.

UFC 190 was a big night for both fighters. Going into his fight, Silva hadn’t won in two years. He was coming off back-to-back first-round losses against Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski. He had a “Fight of the Year” performance against Mark Hunt in December 2013, however he failed his post-fight drug test. Meanwhile, Struve had suffered knockout losses against Hunt and Alistair Overeem.

This fight could be entertaining for fans. Heavyweight bouts can turn into all-out bloody wars. Both Silva and Struve had a combined 40 finishes, so we know this fight won’t last all three rounds. Yet both Bigfoot and the Skyscraper have good grappling in addition of their superb striking.

The only issue I see is fans may not embrace the idea of these two slugging it out. While heavyweight matches feature a lot of powerful striking, they aren’t the fastest. Some critics may see this as a “freak show” fight, reminiscent of some of the matches Pride Fighting Championships used to air. That said, both Silva and Struve have spent enough time in the octagon and have proven themselves to fans and experts that they deserve to fight in the octagon as much as any other competitor.

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