Antonio Silva has taken his UFC 146 loss to Cain Velasquez like a man, but he wants to make one thing clear - he wasn’t thrashing about trying to get away from Velesquez, he says, he was just trying to shake his own blood out of his eyes.
The fight was stopped at 3:36 of the first round and was one of the bloodiest bouts in UFC history; Silva was checked by a doctor halfway through the round due to the blood which completely covered his face and much of his opponent’s torso following a Velasquez elbow shot.
“I want to thank everybody for the support and positive energy that all of you passed to me. I was very well trained, wish so much to fight but unfortunately I had a cut at 0:30 that bled so much and spoiled my view,” he wrote. “So I was fighting to see and not to try and get away from Cain Velasquez’s hits.”
Silva, who was making his UFC debut, concluded by observing that he is “so grateful to everybody and chiefly to God for everything He provides me, all blessings that are poured on me and my family. I only suffered 7 stitches and I will be back soon.”
Prior to UFC 146 he had fought Daniel Cormier in the semi-final of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and had lost by KO, putting him on an 0-2 run for the first time in his career and taking his overall record to 16-4.