Bigfoot Silva States The Blood In His Eyes Was A Major Factor In His Defeat And Velasquez Got Lucky | UFC News
By Jamie McAllister
Antonio Silva in an interview with TATAME.
Bigfoot comments on the main reason for his defeat in the first round to Cain Velasquez at UFC 146.
“One of the main reasons I got defeated was that. I couldn’t see a thing, there was a lot of blood and my eyes were bruning. I tried to defend myself and not get hit, shaking my head to see if I could get rid of that blood, but there was no way around it. From that moment on my corner was my eyes.”
Bigfoot also comments on the referee temporarily stopping the bout to check his cut and admits lying to the doctor about being able to see.
“The referee interrupted the fight at the spot, but this part he might analyze what the doctors say. One of the doctors asked me if I could see a thing and I didn’t answer because I wanted to keep on going. Then he asked me again and I said yes, but actually it was really complicated.”
“If I had said I couldn’t see straight they would stop the contest and I didn’t want that. My goal on that moment was to keep on going, try to take him to the second round to see if my team could contain the blood.”
Bigfoot also comments on criticism of his game-plan for the bout as he went out threw a kick and was immediately taken down by Velasquez.
“Absolutely I made a mistake. I made a mistake and in that kind of fighting level you can’t do it. It was fatal. I trained many kicks but I got the game plan all wrong. First of all I should’ve tested his Boxing skills than go for the kick. Striking was not his thing and I knew it.“
“He got lucky He took me down but I was well trained in that matter. The prep for this bout was intense on that aspect. If I was 100 percent during the fight it was a matter of time for me to sweep, but with that cut I couldn’t see a thing and I was slippery.”