Antônio Silva (fighter)
September 14, 1979 |
|Other names||Bigfoot (Pezão)|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||264 lb (120 kg; 18 st 12 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265) (2005–present)
Super Heavyweight (2005–2006)
|Reach||82.0 in (208 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil|
American Top Team
Black Belt in |
Black Belt in Judo
Black Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
|Years active||2005–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Antônio Carlos Silva (born September 14, 1979) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the heavyweight division of the UFC. He is a former EliteXC Heavyweight Champion, a former Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion and a former Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion. He has also competed for K-1 Hero's, BodogFIGHT, Strikeforce and World Victory Road. As of September 15, 2014, he is #9 in official UFC heavyweight rankings  and ranked the #9 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
Originally from Brasilia, Brazil, Silva began training in karate at the age of four, and received his black belt at the age of 12. After 13 years of karate training, Silva transitioned to Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Judo at the age of 17.
Mixed martial arts career
Silva began his career with the UK-based Wolfslair MMA Academy in 2005. In 2006, after his bout with Tadas Rinkevicius, Wolfslair requested (to Silva's instructor Mario Neto) that Silva leave the team and return to Brazil. The gym claims Silva owed it over £20,000; however, Silva states that it owed him £6,000 in fighter purses for two fights, for which he was promised £3,000 each. After training with Brazilian Top Team during the dispute, Silva joined American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida. He also trained at the Imperial Athletics gym in Boca Raton, Florida, for his quarterfinal bout with Fedor Emelianenko in the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament.
Silva made his professional debut in the United Kingdom against Georgian fighter Tengiz Tedoradze, who would become the Cage Rage British Heavyweight Champion two fights later. Silva was impressive in his debut, winning by TKO only 48 seconds into the fight. In his next bout, Silva made his Cage Warriors debut and won again via strikes after his opponent submitted.
Silva then made his Cage Rage debut and became the Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion after defeating his opponent via TKO. Silva then returned to Cage Warriors to fight longtime veteran Ruben "Warpath" Villareal for the Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Championship and won again via TKO, and became the Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion. Silva followed this up with a knockout win over Lithuanian fighter Tadas Rimkevicius before making his Japanese debut for K-1 Hero's. In his debut for the organization, he defeated longtime veteran Tom Erikson via TKO and then won his next fight by knockout.
This brought Silva's record to an undefeated 7-0 with all his wins coming by TKO/KO within the first round. Silva faced Eric Pele in his first and only fight with the BodogFIGHT promotion and was handed his first career loss with a controversial TKO.
Silva was originally scheduled to fight on the Dynamite!! USA card as a representative of EliteXC. He was to face Jonathan Wiezorek, but the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) discovered a benign tumor on his pituitary gland in his pre-fight medicals and refused to license the fighter. As a result, Silva underwent brain surgery that summer in order to have the tumor removed.
Post-surgery, Silva finally faced Jonathan Wiezorek at EliteXC: Renegade in November 2007. He won the fight by rear naked choke in the first round. His next victory came over former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez.
On July 26, 2008, Silva won the EliteXC Heavyweight title, with a second round TKO win over UFC veteran Justin Eilers. Silva later tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone, and was suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by the California State Athletic Commission. According to Silva's manager, Alex Davis, the positive test was caused by Silva's use of Novedex, a testosterone-booster he takes to raise his low testosterone levels (a symptom of his acromegaly). "He has to treat it", said Davis. "He spends between $6,000 and $8,000 a month just on medicine for it. He needs to be able to keep fighting to make a living. If it's between Antonio's health and pleasing the athletic commission, we have to choose his health."
Soon after, Silva signed on to fight at Sengoku 7. He was advised not to fight in Japan by the California State Athletic Commission. He ignored this advice, and continued to claim that he had not used steroids. At the January 4, 2009 event, he defeated Yoshihiro "KISS" Nakao by TKO when Nakao suffered a knee injury in the first round.
At Sengoku 10 he fought Jim York, winning by submission in the first round. With both fighters looking tentative on the feet, Silva took York down once, but was stood up by the referee. Later in the round, he took York down again, assuming the half-guard position and landing effective hammerfists and punches, before moving into an arm triangle choke from the side control position to secure victory.
On November 7, 2009, Silva suffered the second loss of his career, losing a decision to Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers. After dominating the first round, Silva fractured his left hand in the beginning of the second.
He was scheduled to face Valentijn Overeem on Dec. 4, but Overeem suffered an injury and withdrew from the fight. He was replaced by Mike Kyle. Kyle knocked down Silva in the first round with a punch, but Silva survived Kyle's ground and pound and recovered. In the second round, Silva mounted Kyle and forced a TKO stoppage with punches.
Silva defeated Fedor Emelianenko in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament, via doctor stoppage between the second and third rounds. He was expected to meet Alistair Overeem in the semifinals, but Overeem withdrew from the fight due to injury. He was replaced by one of the tournament alternates, Daniel Cormier. Cormier knocked Silva out with standing punches at 3:56 of round 1.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On January 7, 2012, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira told "Portal do Vale Tudo" Silva had signed a UFC contract. Silva was scheduled to debut against Roy Nelson on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146, but was rescheduled to face Cain Velasquez instead. Velasquez defeated Silva by TKO in the first round.
Silva faced Travis Browne on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5. Early in the fight Browne injured his hamstring, limiting his movement. Silva capitalized on Browne's limited mobility by backing him against the cage. After a big right sent Browne to the canvas, Silva finished him off with strikes on the ground for a first round TKO victory.
Silva next faced Alistair Overeem on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156. Leading up to the fight, Overeem was dismissive of Silva's skills, claiming he was better than his opponent in every aspect of MMA. Despite being a significant underdog and losing the first and second rounds, Silva won the fight via KO in the third round. The win also earned Silva his first Knockout of the Night honor.
Silva faced Cain Velasquez in a rematch for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. Silva was rocked with a right hand early into the fight and finished again via TKO in the first round.
Silva faced Mark Hunt on December 7, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33 in the main event. It was a brutal back-and-forth affair that saw both men have the advantage over five full rounds. The end result was a majority draw. Post-fight, Dana White stated that the bout won Fight of the Night and, despite the draw result, both men would receive their win bonuses. Silva forfeited his win money and $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus to Hunt after failing a post-fight test for elevated testosterone (he had been undergoing UFC-approved testosterone replacement therapy). He was suspended for nine months, retroactive to the date of the fight.
Silva faced Andrei Arlovski in a rematch on September 13, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 51. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round. Following this fight, Silva returned to the hospital for surgery to remove a pituitary gland tumor - which causes his acromegaly - that had reemerged. The surgery was successful and he expects to return to fighting in 2015.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- 2011 Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinalist
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||18 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||18–6 (1)||Andrei Arlovski||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski||September 13, 2014||1||2:59||Brasília, Brazil|
|NC||18–5 (1)||Mark Hunt||No Contest||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot||December 7, 2013||5||5:00||Brisbane, Australia||Fight of the Night (forfeited award); Original majority draw; Antônio Silva tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.|
|Loss||18–5||Cain Velasquez||TKO (punches)||UFC 160||May 25, 2013||1||1:21||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||18–4||Alistair Overeem||KO (punches)||UFC 156||February 2, 2013||3||0:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||17–4||Travis Browne||TKO (punches)||UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot||October 5, 2012||1||3:27||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||16–4||Cain Velasquez||TKO (punches)||UFC 146||May 26, 2012||1||3:36||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||16–3||Daniel Cormier||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov||September 10, 2011||1||3:56||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||16–2||Fedor Emelianenko||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva||February 12, 2011||2||5:00||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States||Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||15–2||Mike Kyle||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II||December 4, 2010||2||2:49||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||14–2||Andrei Arlovski||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery||May 15, 2010||3||5:00||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||13–2||Fabricio Werdum||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers||November 7, 2009||3||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States|
|Win||13–1||Jim York||Submission (arm triangle choke)||Sengoku 10||September 23, 2009||1||3:51||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||12–1||Yoshihiro Nakao||TKO (knee injury)||Sengoku no Ran 2009||January 4, 2009||1||1:42||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||11–1||Justin Eilers||TKO (knees & punches)||EliteXC: Unfinished Business||July 26, 2008||2||0:19||Stockton, California, United States||Won EliteXC Heavyweight Championship. Tested positive for boldenone post-fight.|
|Win||10–1||Ricco Rodriguez||Decision (split)||EliteXC: Street Certified||February 16, 2008||3||5:00||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||9–1||Jonathan Wiezorek||Submission (rear naked choke)||EliteXC: Renegade||November 10, 2007||1||3:12||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Win||8–1||Wesley Correira||TKO (flying knee & punches)||EliteXC: Destiny||February 10, 2007||1||3:49||Southaven, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||7–1||Eric Pele||TKO (punches)||BodogFight: USA vs. Russia||December 2, 2006||1||2:40||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||7–0||Georgy Kaysinov||KO (punch)||Hero's 7||October 9, 2006||1||1:08||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||6–0||Tom Erikson||TKO (punches)||Hero's 5||May 3, 2006||1||2:49||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–0||Tadas Rimkevicius||TKO (punches)||CWFC: Strike Force 5||March 25, 2006||1||3:22||Coventry, England||Defended the Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||4–0||Ruben Villareal||TKO (punches)||CWFC: Strike Force 4||November 26, 2005||1||3:07||Coventry, England||Won Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Rafael Carino||TKO (corner stoppage)||Cage Rage 12||July 2, 2005||1||2:55||London, England||Won Cage Rage World Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||2–0||Marcus Tchinda||Submission (punches)||CWFC: Strike Force||May 21, 2005||1||3:03||Coventry, England|
|Win||1–0||Tengiz Tedoradze||TKO (punches)||UKMMAC 10: Slugfest||March 6, 2005||1||0:48||Colchester, England|
Antonio Silva is married to Rosario Pimentel and they have two daughters together, Anne and Aysha. He and his family reside in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
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- UFC Fighter Rankings
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|New championship||1st Elite XC Heavyweight Champion
July 26, 2008 – October 20, 2008
|New championship||1st Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion
November 26, 2005 – present
Title last held byIan Freeman
|3rd Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion
July 2, 2005 – October 20, 2008