UFC News: Big Foot Silva released from UFC, but new doors have already opened for him, a Russian foe awaits
Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva is making his way out of the UFC after series of losses. His fight against Roy Nelson was probably his last in the Octagon. Everyone saw this coming, after building a disappointing resume of only 3 wins and seven losses in the UFC.
However, this doesn’t mean retirement, as only a few days after his release, he was offered a deal by Titov Boxing Promotions. He will participate in his first fight under the promotion’s banner on November 18 against a Russian fighter, Ivan Shtyrkov.
“We are very excited for the new opportunity,” Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, said according to Bjpenn.com.
“‘Bigfoot’ was already in the gym today, preparing for the fight against Shtyrkov. Russia has become a big hub of the MMA world, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”
Bigfoot’s upcoming opponent, Shtyrkov, has a record of four wins and no losses. His latest triumph, over ADCC submission wrestling world champion, Jeff Monsoon, was the biggest win of his career.
Not many can expect the second chances that Bigfoot received to improve his current run of form in the cage. He lost 6 of last 8 UFC matches with one No Contest and only one win. Ever since he lost his title fight with Cain Velasquez, Silva has not been able to put himself at the top of the rankings.
Prior to joining the UFC, he amassed an impressive record of 16 wins and only 3 losses. He also managed to grasp the Cage Rage Heavyweight Title, during the initial days of his career. Silva’s most notable moment of his career is his victory over MMA legend, Fedor Emelianenko.
He has also defeated Former UFC Champion Andrei Arlovski and Travis Browne.
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