Let’s not assume that because Bigfoot Silva caught an L to Daniel Cormier that it removes him from being discussed in the top ten heavyweights in MMA. For all we know, Daniel Cormier could be the number two ranked heavyweight in the world. In just his fourth fight, the guy grabbed his second championship belt and now that he’s 8-0 in his MMA career, the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix is just a bout away. Bigfoot Silva understands that Cormier is in fact approaching Frate Trane status, and in this interview with TATAME magazine, he breaks down exactly how he lost to the Olympic wrestler.
“I had a game plan, but I could never imagine he’d punch me like that. I wasn’t underestimating him, but after he punched me I couldn’t see a thing, I wasn’t controlling my body anymore. I was doing things automatically, I could only see shadows. When I stood up I was dizzy. I was really dizzy after that jab, but I went for it. If I’m losing, at least I’ll lose while fighting. It happened, he deserve the credits. I was well prepared, but he punched me. We didn’t even really fought.”
“I knew he’d like to trade punches with me for a while, and I was well trained on the ground. I did an excellent job with coach Everaldo, De La Riva, Ze Mario (Sperry), Nogueira… I’ve trained a lot, so I wasn’t worried. I knew we’d bang for a while and then he’d try to take me down, but he punched me hard first. When a heavyweight punches you is really hard… I felt, felt his coup and I thought I’d be ok on the ground, but when I stood up I was dizzy. It happens. The bests in the world have lost and then turned it over. It’s another obstacle I’ll have to overcome.”
Surprise, another heavyweight from AKA now has documented one-punch KO power — and technically King Mo could also be added to that list. Wrestlers with plutonium laden fists? What a scary, scary world this MMA has become. [Source]