The latest Strikeforce heavyweight to make the transition to his new UFC home is officially Antonio Silva, a 16-3 finisher known best for his victories over Andrei Arlovski and Fedor Emelianenko. Known as “Bigfoot” in some circles, the 6’4” Brazilian will battle former Ultimate Fighter winner Roy Nelson at UFC 146 over Memorial Day Weekend.
The match-up is the third big heavyweight bout announced for the card in last few days with both a title-eliminator between Frank Mir-Cain Velasquez and championship clash featuring Junior Dos Santos-Alistair Overeem also scheduled for the May 26 show.
Silva is coming off a loss to Daniel Cormier snapping a three-fight winning streak including the success against Arlovski/Emelianenko. Fourteen of his sixteen total triumphs have involved some form of stoppage.
The 35-year old Nelson will also be looking to get back on track when he meets Silva after falling by way of decision in a hard-fought contest with Fabricio Werdum this past February. He holds an overall record of 16-7 highlighted by wins over Mirko Filipovic, Stefan Struve, and Brendan Schaub.
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MMATraining Take: While health issues could easily sabotage this card based on it being a couple of months away, assuming the best fans are in for a real treat consider this trio of tilts in addition to some of the other fights targeted for the event. In this particular fight it’s hard to pick a winner though Nelson is definitely most-needy in that department.