UFC on FX 5 Results: What's Next for "Bigfoot" Silva

Andrew Saunders@SaundersMMACorrespondent IIOctober 5, 2012

Oct 5, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Antonio Silva (right) knocks out Travis Browne (left) in the first round of their bout at the UFC on FX 5 at the Target Center. It was Browne's first loss. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE
Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva did not fare well in his UFC debut. In fact, he was beaten into a crimson mess that some of our readers have described as "hard to watch."

Tonight, Silva returned to the Octagon for a battle with the undefeated Travis Browne. To the surprise of many (especially odds-makers), Silva scored a TKO victory over Browne in the first round of the UFC on FX main event.

This wasn't the first time that Silva has shocked the world. A large underdog against former world-ranked Fedor Emelianenko, Bigfoot dominated the Russian en route to a huge boost in status and a bid in the semi-finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.

So what's next for Silva now that he has quickly dispatched of the number nine heavyweight in the world? The options are limitless.

As suggested by the enormous buy rate for UFC 146's "heavyweights only" Pay-Per-View, as well as the constant booing of the flyweights, the excitement of fans will grow and grow as the fighters get bigger. Who bigger than 7' tall Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve?

Like Silva, Struve ran into trouble when put against top competition, but has recently bounced back in an impressive manner.

In the same "Bigger is Better" vein, a bout with the winner of December's Big Country vs Shane Carwin contest would prove to be an enormous challenge. Pun very much intended.

Going in another direction entirely, Silva is a decorated jiu-jitsu practitioner. With talent like Frank Mir, Big Nog, and Fabricio Werdum in the UFC, a grappler's fantasy match is only a phone call away.

There are lots of options who we have yet to explore, including a returning Mark Hunt, Josh Barnett, or even Cheick Kongo are possibilities

Personally, I think that the best match up for Silva comes in the form of fellow Brazilian Gabriel Gonzaga.

Despite a fall from grace in the last two years, "Napao" is a former title contender and a jiu-jitsu player who can compete with the best in the world. In addition, his powerful striking has led to five stoppages via KO or TKO in the UFC.  

What do you think? Who should be next for Bigfoot?