Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight slugger Antonio Silva was given a mandatory vacation, and by the looks of it, is making the most of his time off.
"Bigfoot" (via Instagram) went under the knife to repair lingering issues in his shoulder.
After hours of surgery in my shoulder I'm very well and I will be back 100% thank you everyone ... I'm fine, returning 100% .. Thanks to all the fans ..
Silva had a similar procedure done on his shoulder back in late 2011 (details).
The hulking Brazilian went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows following his "Fight of the Night" performance against Mark Hunt back in December. After a five-round bloodbath ended in a draw (watch it), the former Strikeforce contender was popped for elevated testosterone.
It was the second time in his career that he failed a post-fight drug test.
As a result, UFC -- which acts as its own regulatory commission overseas -- sat Silva for nine months before stripping him of his $50,000 "Fight Night" bonus (more on that here). "Bigfoot" lashed out at the doctor who administered his testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), who in turn claimed he wasn't even the Brazilian's doctor.
What a tangled web we weave.
In any event, the 34 year-old Silva -- whose draw was changed to a "no contest" -- is working on his health while he takes a break from active competition and could be back inside the cage by late September. Upon his return, who would you like to see him fight next?