Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva vowed to finish Andre Arlovski when they meet again in UFC Fight Night 51 this September.
The two fighters first met four years ago in Strikeforce in a battle that had Silva winning via a unanimous decision. But Silva said he wasn’t satisfied with the victory, noting that he can do better than winning be a decision.
"I was too anxious in that fight. It was the second time I was fighting a well-known fighter, after Ricco Rodriguez, so I wanted the win no matter what. I tried to finish him but I couldn’t. I’m sure that it’s going to be different this time," Silva said in MMA Fighting.
The 264-pound Brazilian giant said he will be ready to go the full route against Arlovski, a former UFC champion. However, he said he’s more comfortable having his fists decide the outcome of the fight instead of leaving it to the judges.
"I will do everything I can to finish him," said Silva. "I don’t like to let the fight go to a decision, we never know what the judges are going to do. My goal is to end it as soon as possible, but I will be ready for five rounds. I will try to submit or knock him out all the time. Arlovski deserves respect, but I only care about myself."