Antonio Silva once again found out the hard way that Cain Velasquez is the top fighter in the heavyweight division. It was far less bloody this time, but Velasquez was just as effective, putting Silva away just one minute and 21 seconds into the first round.
The loss has to be disappointing for Bigfoot. After his impressive knockouts of Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem, it appeared that the former Strikeforce fighter had established himself as a top UFC heavyweight.
After his performance against Velasquez, that status is definitely in question.
That being said, MMA is a "what have you done for me lately" sport. If Silva can pick up a sound victory in his next fight, fans will chalk this performance up to the general excellence of the champion.
Here are a few fighters Silva can take on to try to get back on track.
You know who else had a less than ideal Saturday night in Vegas? Mark Hunt.
"The Super Samoan" was simply outclassed by Junior dos Santos on the feet before succumbing to a vicious spinning kick that was definitely the highlight of the night.
The loss shouldn't completely derail the Hunt hype train, though. Dos Santos is likely to be the next challenger for Velasquez's belt and is capable of beating any heavyweight fighter on the roster.
Both Hunt and Silva will be fighting to keep their status as top-10 heavyweights. Pitting them against each other will only make things even more intriguing.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Loser
UFC fans won't have to wait long for another heavyweight headliner. Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira are slated to be the main event at UFC on Fuel TV 10. The loser might just be the perfect next opponent for Silva.
If they don't retire that is.
Werdum is 35 and Nogueira is 36, so it's always a possibility that they walk away with another loss. But a rebound fight against Silva should be appealing for either one. It would be against a fellow Brazilian, so there's always a chance that they get to fight in their home country.
Silva is coming off of a title shot, so the winner of the ensuing fight would remain relevant in the heavyweight landscape.
Should his opponent be Werdum, it would be especially interesting—the two fought in Strikeforce back in 2009 when Silva lost a unanimous decision.
If Silva's goal is to find a winnable fight against a big-name opponent, Frank Mir may just be the perfect opponent.
Mir isn't someone that he can just walk right through. He's a former UFC heavyweight champion and has fought a who's who of top-flight competition throughout his career. But with two losses in a row, he's certainly not invincible.
Silva and Mir would be an intriguing matchup. Silva has the power to get to Mir's suspect chin, but superior grapplers have beaten Bigfoot before.
Pairing these two together would be the perfect test of what Mir has left in the tank and Silva's legitimacy in the heavyweight division.
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