Get ready for Saturday's event in Brazil with the Fight Night Brasilia study guide. Featuring free fights from Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, Andrei Arlovski, Irui Alcantara, and Piotr Hallmann.
Antonio Silva is a freak of nature. And we mean that in the best way possible. Standing at 6-foot-4 and tipping the scale at 264 pounds, Silva, who is affectionately known as Bigfoot, is one of the more physically imposing fighters in the UFC. The Brasilia native started his professional career with seven wins in his first eight fights, eventually working his way to a title shot against Cain Velasquez at UFC 160 after back-to-back impressive performances against Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne, respectively. Silva lost that bout to Velasquez but knows a win against former Strikeforce foe Arlovski will propel him right back into title contention.
Andrei Arlovski is somewhat a legend around these parts. At the tender age of 25, Arlovski worked his way through then-contenders Ian Freeman, Vladimir Matyushenko, and Wesley Correira en route to a interim heavyweight championship matchup with Tim Sylvia at UFC 51. Arlovski will look to get back to the mountain top with a strong win at Fight Night Brasilia over Bigfoot Silva, who has already notched a win over Arlovski during his brief stretch in Stikeforce.
At just 30 years old, Gleison Tibau has recorded 48 professional fights, including 22 in the UFC, and hasn't lost back-to-back fights in the Octagon since 2008. Most of Tibau’s success is rooted in his strong Brazilian Jiu-jitsu but it doesn’t hurt to have some great training partners to help you out along the way. And Tibau’s training partner, and best friend, happens to be heavyweight contender Antonio Silva.
Iuri Alcantara’s only loss in his last four fights? Perennial bantamweight title contender Urijah Faber. In the other three contests, Alcantara has posted two first round finishes and spent three rounds dismantling Wilson Reis at Fight Night Jaragua back in February.
Piotr Hallmann fought at welterweight before dropping to lightweight for a shot in the UFC. The Polish fighter was tasked with taking on then-14-2 Franciso Trinaldo at Fight Night Belo. Hallmann put the rest of the division on notice that night, outstriking Trinaldo and controlling the Brazilian on the ground. Watch the rising lightweight go to work again this Saturday at Fight Night Brasilia.