“Bigfoot” Silva and Andrei Arlovski’s last met four years ago in Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery. Bigfoot Silva took the match with effective boxing and counterpunches that ultimately earned him a decision victory. Andrei Arlovski has a chance at payback four years in the making and can stand to make a big impression with a second victory in his UFC return. Who will come out on top in Silva vs. Arlovski 2?
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
Bigfoot has gone (2-3-1) in his last six fights, needing a big win to stay on top in the heavyweight division. All three of his last losses have been by TKO and KO, bringing into question the state of Bigfoot’s chin in this stage of his career. What is not under any scrutiny is Bigfoot’s knockout power, which has earned him a TKO victory over Travis Brown and a KO victory over Alstair Overeem. There’s no question that he deserved the unanimous decision victory in the original Strikeforce matchup against Arlovski. He looked very cool and patient, taking a strong edge in the standup game with superior boxing counters. Arlovski would try to set up punching combinations only to have them thrown back in his face with great counter punches. Bigfoot controlled the center of the cage and had Arlovski against the fence for much of the fight. Silva stuffed a few of Arlovski’s takedowns and had a great takedown of his own at the end of the third round. If Arlovski is only looking to stand and battle, it could easily turn out in Bigfoot’s favor.
Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski
Andrei Arlovski (22-10-1) has had some great recent success, winning 5 of his last 6 fights and defeating Brandon Schaub by split decision victory in his UFC debut. Arlovski’s loss to Bigfoot in Strikeforce was one of four in a row that had many questioning if he should seek retirement. However, he chose to move forward and has since found a revival in his career in ProElite, One FC, and WSOF before making his return to the UFC. He lost the standing battle with Silva over the course of three rounds in their first matchup. He had only a handful of effective strikes to answer Silva’s masterful boxing and got into some trouble against the cage throughout the fight.
Fight Night 51
Arlovski needs a different gameplan going into Fight Night 51 than a standing battle. Bigfoot has a tremendous 5 inch reach advantage over Arlovski, and he has to find a way to overcome it. It would be a great fight to see Bigfoot get to use his black belt-level of expertise in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu against Arlovski’s Sambo experience. Both fighters must be aware of the serious punching power their opponents possess and must be ready to switch gears quickly if they get into knockout trouble.