Pezao Speaks! Title Fight On NYE?
In a new interview with Portal das Lutas, Antonio Silva reveals that he will fight for the SRC Heavyweight title at Sengoku Raiden Championship on NYE, likely against Josh Barnett.
PDL – Is there a chance you will dispute the belt in Japan?
AP – Yes. I’m going to dispute the belt at the end-of-the-year event. I’m still waiting on my opponent, but it looks likely to be Josh Barnett.
PDL – Will you ever fight in the United States again?
AP – Yes, possibly at the end of November I’ll be back on American soil.
PDL – What about the UFC, is that in your plans?
AP – I do think about the Ultimate [Fighting Championship], but I’m happy in Japan. I have a contract and I can’t sign with the UFC because all their athletes are exclusive.
There are three Strikeforce events in November so it looks like his possible American return will take place there.
Sengoku Raiden Championship
Date: December 31st, 2009
Place: Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan
Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida
Antonio Silva vs. Josh Barnett
Masanori Kanehara vs. Hioki/Omigawa