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‘Bigfoot’ Silva fighting unbeaten prospect in Russia

United States' Roy Nelson, left, punches Antonio Silva, of Brazil, during a UFC Fight Night in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

No longer fighting in the Octagon, former UFC heavyweight title contender Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will look to continue his pro career overseas.

The 37-year-old Brazilian faces undefeated heavyweight prospect Ivan Shtyrkov under the Titan Boxing Promotions banner Nov. 18 from Yekaterinburg, Russia. The bout was first reported by MMAjunkie.

Silva will be two months removed from his final fight in the UFC, a second-round knockout against Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 95 in September. That marked the sixth time “Bigfoot” had suffered defeat by either knockout or TKO eight times over the last five years, dropping fights against Cain Velasquez (twice), Andrei Arlovski, Frank Mir, Mark Hunt, Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and Daniel Cormier.

“Bigfoot” has only been victorious once since March 2013, picking up a second-round TKO against Soa Palelei at UFC 190 last August.

The 6-foot-4 American Top Team fighter has wins over the likes of Arlovski, Fedor Emelianenko, Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem.

He was one of several fighters cut from the UFC roster last week, including fighters such as Kevin Casey, Cody East, Tamdan McCrory and Sean Spencer.

Shtyrkov, meanwhile, currently sports an undefeated 4-0 record in mixed martial arts. Turning pro just last June, the Russian fighter has picked up all his wins via TKO or armbar submission within two minutes of the opening round. He most recently fought in July, stopping Georgy Sakaev via first-round TKO, following up a win over seasoned MMA veteran and ex-UFC title contender Jeff Monson in May.

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