Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva Returns to MMA Action After 4 Long Years

Published 05/31/2021, 12:05 AM EDT


Former UFC heavyweight Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva is set to make his return to MMA after a lengthy 4-year hiatus. Silva will face Quentin Domingas at Megdan Fighting 9 that goes down in Serbia on June 13, 2021. The last time ‘Bigfoot’ fought under the unified MMA rules was back in 2017 where he suffered a KO loss.

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Antonio Silva spoke to AG Fight in the lead-up to his return and revealed that he’s dialed in completely after the lay-off. He explained that it was his passion and love for the sport that sparked his return.

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“I am very anxious after a few years away. I am motivated, happy to arrive on the 13th of June to return to MMA, against a guy who has six fights, who is very strong. It was the career that launched me on the martial art scene, so I have a great love. New opportunities appeared, but as soon as it was MMA, I already thought it was time (to return). I had my first fight in 2004. I have a feeling for MMA, so it’s quick to pick up. I’m 300% focused to get back,” Bigfoot said. (translated by Google Translate)

Antonio Silva: Back on his grind

Silva’s return was a surprise to many, not just because he had suffered losses in MMA, but also in other disciplines. He laced up the gloves for kickboxing scraps, but didn’t end up faring too well in that domain. When he competed under the Glory Kickboxing and BKFC banners, he was brutally knocked out.

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He’s 1-7 in his last 8 professional MMA bouts, suffering 6 knockouts. There are questions regarding his durability. However, the time away from the active MMA competition could be the answer to his woes.

Bigfoot’ is a fan favorite as violence is almost a featured outcome every time he steps foot in the cage. His war against Mark Hunt, which took the world by storm, remains one of the most visually compelling scraps.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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