Article

Friends and Rivals: Antonio Silva promises Roy Nelson sightseeing trip after fight

BRASILIA, Brazil

Sometimes in the crazy world of MMA, a friend might end up across from you inside the cage. This is wat Roy Nelson and Bigfoot Silva are facing Saturday when the heavyweights collide at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasília, Brazil.

"Actually, this one kind of sucks.” Nelson admits. "Of all the heavyweights, Bigfoot is the one I like. We are friends, but I have a job to do, and he has a job to do."
 

A photo posted by Antonio Silva (@bigfootsilva) on



The friendship was born when Bigfoot helped Nelson in preparation for his fight against Alistair Overeem, in March 2015. The Brazilian says they spent 15 days in camp, and also spent a lot of time together when filming for the new "Kickboxer" series.

The friendship between the two is also apparent throughout social media. Nelson is always making jokes about his pal, and even published a photo of the opponent to wish him a happy birthday last week.

"When the clock hit midnight, the first text I got was from my wife. The second was his," reveals Bigfoot, who turned 37 on Sept 14.

"Unfortunately we are employees and don't choose our opponents. I have a great affection for Roy, but we are professional. If possible, I'll take him out sightseeing in Brasília after the fight. I'll show him the city, where I lived, a little bit of the local food," the Brasília-born fighter said.


Jessica Portasio is a digital journalist and presenter for UFC Brazil. You can follow her on Twitter @Jeportasio

Media

Recent
Preview the main event of Fight Night Gdansk, as #6 ranked welterweight Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone takes on Darren Till. Watch all the action Saturday Oct. 21, exclusively on FIGHT PASS.
Oct 18, 2017
Darren Till speaks frankly about his skills, his training, and his upcoming opponent, Donald Cerrone. The two meet this Saturday at Fight Night Gdansk, exclusively on FIGHT PASS.
Oct 18, 2017
After a win in Week 1, Joby Sanchez returned to Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series for Week 7 and earned a UFC contract with a dominating win.
Oct 17, 2017
Benito Lopez showed tremendous heart and perseverance to earn himself a UFC contract on Week 7 of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. Watch the full series again exclusively on FIGHT PASS.
Oct 17, 2017