Antonio Silva Was Fueled By Pressure To Win At UFC On FX 5

Antonio Silva has faced some of the biggest names in all of MMA, and even owns a victory over Fedor Emelianenko.

But Friday night, “Bigfoot” knew the pressure to defeat Travis Browne in the main event of UFC on FX 5 was all on him.

So, Silva went out, took advantage of Browne and dropped the formerly unbeaten Hawaiian, earning a first round TKO victory.

“I felt a lot of pressure,” said Silva, during the post-fight show on Fuel TV. “My fans, my coach; everyone pushed me hard for this fight.”

After the win over Emelianenko, it seemed as if Silva was on the fast-track to becoming a top heavyweight. However, that was derailed when Daniel Cormier knocked him out of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. Silva was also defeated by Cain Velasquez upon entering the UFC, making it all-the-more important he get past Browne on Friday.

As for comparing the win over Fedor to his first UFC victory, Silva said, “I think both are important for me. But this is my first win in the UFC.”

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