Manager: Money issues aside, 'Bigfoot' Silva's 'big heart' would've made him take GLORY 64 fight

6 December 2017

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You’d be hard pressed to find a voice in the MMA community that actually got behind the idea of Antonio Silva’s meeting GLORY heavyweight champion Ricco Verhoeven in a kickboxing match.

And “Bigfoot” Silva (19-12-1 MMA), who’d been knocked out in four or his five previous MMA bouts, wasn’t the only one catching heat for the move. As it often happens in these cases, those close to the athlete also take some of the blame for allowing them to put themselves at risk. Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, wasn’t spared.

Speaking to MMAjunkie at the time, Davis, himself, expressed his concerns about the matchup. But, though he could offer his advice, the decision was ultimately up to his fighter. And the UFC vet, it turned out, was in no position to turn down the fight purse.

Even if that wasn’t the case, though, Davis thinks “Bigfoot” would have gone ahead with the GLORY 64 encounter.

“As a manager, my obligation and my contract is, I have to give these guys any offer that comes to my table,” Davis told MMAjunkie Radio. “I can tell them, ‘Listen, I don’t think it’s a good idea. Or, ‘I think it’s a good idea.’ But, at the end of the day, who decides it’s the fighter, it’s not me.

“And ‘Bigfoot,’ even if he had been really smart with his money and he didn’t need to fight, he would still have taken the fight. Because he’s got a big heart. And he always wanted to test himself in a K-1 style fight.”

The offer that came to the table, Davis said, just so happened to be against the very best athlete the division could offer. And while Silva was once more knocked out, the fact that it took Verhoeven more than one round to do so was met with some level of surprise.

“Everybody was throwing stones and bricks at me because of the Rico Verhoeven fight,” Davis said. “But ‘Bigfoot’ actually carried himself very well in that fight.”

According to Davis, the idea to lure the GLORY champ into an MMA match has been shot down by Verhoeven’s manager. “Bigfoot,” in turn, recently underwent knee surgery. But Davis’ tone indicated that, while he’s “in the twilight” of his career, we haven’t seen the last of him just yet. (via Instagram)

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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