The writing on the wall seemed to be very clear, and the UFC has in fact decided to release Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva from its roster. Globo was the first to report the news, which was later confirmed by various outlets.
The release comes in the wake of UFC FIght Night 95 where Silva took on friend and fellow heavyweight veteran Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Despite the bout being Silva’s best performance all year, he was eventually caught by Nelson’s trademark power and finished towards the end of Round 2 via strikes.
The loss marked Silva’s third consecutive defeat with all three losses coming by way of finish (two KO’s and one TKO).
Silva has been on a rough streak dating back to 2013. In his last eight bouts, he has only managed one victory. And a draw he had against Mark Hunt in 2013 was later overturned to a No Contest on his resume after he failed his drug test for elevated testosterone levels.
Since debuting in the UFC in 2012, Silva’s UFC record is 3-7 (1 NC).
A former Cage Warriors and EliteXC heavyweight champion, Silva made his way to the UFC through the Strikeforce ranks; being added to the UFC heavyweight roster after Strikeforce went defunct along with the likes of Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett, and Fabricio Werdum.
Arguably Silva’s most memorable victory came under the Strikeforce banner when he became the second man to legitimately defeat Fedor Emelianenko and the first to do so via strikes which led to a TKO by doctor stoppage.
Silva is reportedly already fielding offers by other MMA promotions as he plans to continue his pro career.