Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender, Antonio Silva, has dropped five straight mixed martial arts (MMA) fights in which he was knocked out four times, and stands at just 1-8-1 over the last five years.
Not including last October’s technical knockout loss to Rico Verhoeven under the GLORY kickboxing banner.
But don’t give up on the 38 year-old “Bigfoot” just yet, as the former EliteXC champion is expected to return from injury later this year and reestablish himself as one of the most dangerous heavyweights not competing inside the Octagon.
“I believe I should be back in November. I had surgery on my knee and I’ll have to sit out until May. I’ll need some time to get back in shape and for my knee to get strong again. I’ve had great moments and now I’m going through some hard times, but I’m sure I’ll get back on the horse. I’ve been having a blessed 2018. God has given me a son and my surgery was a sucess and I’m recuperating greatly. So I believe 2018 will be comeback year.”
Silva is currently signed to Russian promoters but has the option to compete elsewhere.
Despite his recent decline, “Bigfoot” (19-12-1) has beaten some of the biggest names in MMA, including former PRIDE FC 265-pound champion Fedor Emelianenko, ex-UFC heavyweight titleholder Andrei Arlovski, and former Strikeforce kingpin Alistair Overeem.
Whether or not he can recapture some of that former glory — and some of that former TRT — remains to be seen.