Antonio Silva becomes free agent following completion of UFC contract

After a four-year, 11-fight career with the UFC, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is now a free agent.

An official from Silva’s camp told MMAJunkie that both the UFC and Silva mutually agreed not to renew his contract following his second-round knockout loss to Roy Nelson in September.

The now-former UFC heavyweight contender suffered six knockout losses in his past eight fights with only one win in three years, a second-round TKO over Soa Palelei. The 37-year old’s biggest win in the UFC was in 2013 where he handed Alistair Overeem his first UFC loss by viciously knocking him out in the third round, earning himself a title shot against then-champion Cain Velasquez.

Another highlight of his UFC career was his Fight of the Year nominated bout against Mark Hunt in a back-and-forth fight that ultimately went to a draw. Following the fight, however, Silva was suspended for high testosterone levels while undergoing TRT which overturned the draw into a no-contest.

“Bigfoot’s” manager said in the report that Silva will probably fight for Rizin FF or in Russia.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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