UFC's Bigfoot gains second shot at Velasquez


Posted at Feb 13 2013 08:20 PM | Updated as of Feb 14 2013 04:20 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The UFC has granted what Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva wanted: a rematch against heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

According to MMA Fighting, Silva versus Velasquez II will headline UFC 160 on May 25, a day short of the one-year anniversary of their first meeting. 

Silva lost during his first encounter with the Mexican-American wrestler by a first-round technical knockout.

But the Brazilian fighter made a statement for title contention by knocking out heavy favorite Alistair Overeem in UFC 156 two weeks ago.

"[Silva] and Cain Velasquez had just fought recently, but I'm telling you, the way he looked in this fight and what he did to Alistair, maybe we do the [Velasquez-Silva] fight again," UFC president Dana White earlier said.

Before being named as a heavyweight top contender, Silva made it known that he wanted to fight Velasquez again. “If I could choose, I would pick Cain,” he said.