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Monday Morning Hangover: Bigfoot Silva at a crossroads after getting knocked out, yet again

Where indeed does the massive Brazilian go from here?

Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC Fight Night 61 blew the roof off Gigantinho Gymnasium last night (Sun., Feb. 22, 2015) in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Cezar Ferreria, who was knocked out by Sam Alvey in the very first round (watch it). And Edson Barboza, who was outworked and outpointed by Micheal Johnson in their co-main event lightweight bout (recap).

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now a few hours removed from the show?

Antonio Silva.

"Bigfoot" looked to get back into the win column for the first time since early 2013, having lost two of three with one draw sandwiched in between. The means to that end was getting through a fighter who was riding an even worse streak than him, Frank Mir, as the former champ was stuck in a four-fight losing rut with one foot out the Octagon door.

But as they old saying goes, nothing in mixed martial arts (MMA) goes as planned.

In a little less than two minutes, Silva found himself on his back and staring up at the lights, wondering how he got there and a few moments later, trying to rack his brain wondering where it all went wrong.

We got you covered, "Bigfoot:"

You got dropped by a left hook and ultimately finished off with some brutal ground-and-pound (video highlights). No ground game (or bullets) needed.

Unfortunately, it's an all too familiar position Silva finds himself in, as his last five losses have come via knockout (KO) or technical knockout (TKO). To make matters worse, they have all come in the very first round. And when they didn't leave him unconscious, the defeats left him battered, bloodied and bruised (like this).

While the victory gave Mir some much-needed life for a career that was hanging by a thread, the other side of the coin sees a heavy-hitting heavyweight with plenty of questions to answer.

Namely, what is next. A quick turnaround? Time to reflect? Retirement?

Silva has constantly found himself inside the cage against the best the sport has to offer. And he's defeated some of the best, too, as he holds wins over Alistair Overeem, Travis Browne, and perhaps the greatest of all time, Fedor Emelianenko.

The losses aren't a knock on Antonio's fighting skill, or lack-thereof. When you break it down, four of his defeats have come against the cream of the crop in Cain Velasquez (twice) and Daniel Cormier, with another coming at the hands of a resurgent Andrei Arlovski.

Nothing to hang your head over.

That said, is Silva done? I don't think so, but something needs to change, and fast, or UFC president Dana White, as he loves to do, might start whispering the word retirement in his ear. If Mir can live to fight (and win) another day, so can Silva.

Perhaps taking the road Frank took and sitting out for a bit, resting and regrouping might do wonders for the behemoth fighter. And when he does return, a proposed fight against Brendan Schaub should be ready and waiting for him.

Because a top 15 opponent is completely out of the question.

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