Antônio “Bigfoot” Silva Scheduled For MMA Comeback Despite Losing Skid
He has gone winless in his last seven fights.
Despite having a long, winless hiatus, Antônio “Bigfoot” Silva isn’t done with competing yet.
Silva, a former contender for the heavyweight belt in the UFC, will try to win his first match in seven years. He has been scheduled to make his MMA comeback at Brave CF on March 9 against Haim Gozali.
Silva was supposed to make a return at Eagle FC 44 earlier this year, but he pulled out of the main event matchup with Tyrone Spong. Sergei Kharitonov took his place and eventually won the match.
After a lengthy losing streak in combat sports, many have urged Silva to give up the sport. Silva wants to fight at least once more despite what some people may think.
“Hi everyone, now it’s official, I signed the contract to fight on March 9th in the Brave organization against Haim Gozali,” Silva said. “I’m so excited for that, and I’ll see you soon Haim.”
In March 2005, Silva made his professional MMA debut. He entered the UFC after stints in Strikeforce and Elite XC with victories over fighters like Alistair Overeem, Travis Browne and Soa Palelei.
With victories in Strikeforce against Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski, Silva was a top heavyweight during his heyday. He also competed against opponents like Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier and Frank Mir.
But lately, his career has crumbled. He has lost seven straight MMA matches. Six of Silva’s last seven defeats during this losing run have been by knockout.
His most recent loss was against Oleg Popov at MMA Series 53 back in June, when he was struck viciously.
Gozali hasn’t competed since winning at RFP 86 via first-round submission in October 2021. He has won seven straight matches while competing in TDT and Bellator.