MANILA, Philippines – Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva warned his fellow giant, Alistair Overeem, from taking their upcoming UFC fight lightly.
The Brazilian will battle the kickboxing specialist in an eliminator for the heavyweight title shot against reigning champion Cain Velasquez.
"He’s a tough guy and he’s got great striking. But this is not kickboxing," Silva said in Bleacher Report, referring to Overeem.
Silva believes that he’s a more well-rounded fighter than the Dutch behemoth, who is a multi-titled kickboxing champion.
"This is not K-1. This is MMA (mixed martial arts)," he said.
Silva said he refuses to look past Overeem, whom he was supposed to fight during the Strikeforce heavyweight grandprix semifinals in 2011. That fight did not push through after Overeem was forced to bail out due to injury.
"I don't care about the title shot now," Silva said. "My fight is with Overeem. I want to fight him. I waited for this fight for two years...After that, I will think about Cain Velasquez."
Silva will tackle Overeem on the UFC 156 undercard of the Jose Aldo-Frankie Edgar featherweight title bout this Saturday in Las Vegas.
ABS-CBN's Balls Channel will locally air UFC 156 on Sunday, February 3, starting 11:30 a.m.