Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will make his UFC debut against a formidable foe, as he takes on Roy Nelson at UFC 146 in May.

The event will feature an all-heavyweight main card, headlined by Junior dos Santos defending his UFC heavyweight title against Alistair Overeem. Silva-Nelson will be part of that on May 26 from Las Vegas.

For the former Strikeforce contender, making an impact against “Big Country” inside the Octagon is why he returned to American Top Team to train and prepare, as he told MMA Junkie’s John Morgan during a recent interview.

I will only concentrate on Roy. All I want to accomplish are good fights for my fans, and I want the UFC happy with me. I need to establish myself in the event. There is a long road to a title shot.

Silva was handed a defeat at the hands of Daniel Cormier in his most recent fight, Cormier knocked him out. That loss came on the heels of a three-fight win streak that included a triumph over Fedor Emelianenko.

Back at ATT, Silva is training with the likes of dos Santos, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum. He left the team to work with the Blackzilians in Florida for a period of time.

In Nelson, Silva will be facing a very difficult man to KO, but he will receive first-hand knowledge, as both dos Santos and Werdum have faced Nelson inside the Octagon. That should give him a good plan of attack heading into the bout.

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