Earlier this week Bigfoot Silva took the unusual step of calling out light heavyweight fighter Thiago Silva, and the even more unusual step of saying he’d try to drop down to 205 to make the fight happen. As a literal giant of a man, that wasn’t going to happen. So it’s nice to hear that Thiago Silva is willing to move the goalposts a little to make this grudge match possible:

“I can’t say too much about Bigfoot, you know? We used to train together, I know him, you know, I think he’s a hater. He’s jealous because I just beat his friend. If he wants to fight me, its ok, come to 205. Or much better; I’ll give you an idea; we can do like a catch weight, you know, like 220 pounds, 230, I don’t know, if he drops. I’ll do it, no problem. I want to fight. I fight for money, you know, and I like to beat stupid people like him. So if he wants to fight me we can do a catch weight at 220 pounds and I’ll be ready to beat him. Bet on that.”

As to why Bigfoot has such a hate boner for him, Thiago Silva claims it’s a mystery to him too:

“To be honest, I have no idea. I think it’s because I left American Top Team. You know, but he knows why I left America Top Team.  There’s no, nothing special. I left American Top Team because there’s no coach, you know, they don’t teach you nothing, they just give you water, you know? So, that’s why I left American Top Team. I don’t know, like I said, he’s a hater, he’s jealous, and he’s mad because I beat his friend. That’s what I think the reason is, you know? So, and then like I said, again, if he wants to fight me we can do a catch-weight, 225, I’ll be ready to beat the shit out of him, you know?”

Note the progression here with Thiago – “Come to 205. Or 220. Or 230. Make that 220 again. 225?” At this pace he should be willing to meet Bigfoot at 240 within another interview or two.

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