Antônio Silva (fighter)
|Born||Antônio Carlos Silva|
14 September 1979
Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||265 lb (120 kg; 18 st 13 lb)|
|Reach||80 in (203 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Shotokan Karate, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil|
|Team||Wolfslair MMA (2005–2006) |
American Top Team (2006–2009, 2012–present)
Team Nogueira (2011–present)
|Rank||Black belt in Shotokan Karate |
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 "Bigfoot" Silva (born 14 September 1979) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and kickboxer who competes in the Heavyweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2005, he has competed for the UFC, Strikeforce, EliteXC, Cage Rage, Fight Nights Global, World Victory Road, K-1 HERO'S, and Cage Warriors. He is the former EliteXC Heavyweight Champion, Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion, and Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion.
Originally from Brasília, Distrito Federal, Silva began training in karate at the age of four, and received his black belt at the age of 12. After 14 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 Rimkevicius, 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 a rear-naked choke in the first round. His next victory came by split decision (28–29, 29–28, and 30–27) over former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez.
On 26 July 2008, Silva won the EliteXC Heavyweight Championship, 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 Antônio's health and pleasing the athletic commission, we have to choose his health."
Soon after, Silva signed on to fight at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009. 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 4 January 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 7 November 2009, Silva suffered the second loss of his career, losing a unanimous decision to Fabrício 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 4 Dec, 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 TKO (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 7 January 2012, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira told "Portal do Vale Tudo" Silva had signed a UFC contract. Silva was scheduled to debut against Roy Nelson on 26 May 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 5 October 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 2 February 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 25 May 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 7 December 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33 in the main event. It was a back-and-forth affair that saw both men trade the advantage over five full rounds. The end result was a majority draw (48–47 Hunt, 47–47, and 47–47). Post-fight, Dana White said 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 13 September 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.
Silva was expected to face Frank Mir on 28 February 2015 at UFC 184. However, the bout with Mir was moved up a week and instead served as event headliner for UFC Fight Night 61. Silva lost the fight via knockout in the first round, as Mir dropped Silva with a left hook and finished him with a barrage of ground and pound.
Silva next faced Stefan Struve on 8 May 2016 at UFC Fight Night 87. Silva lost the bout via knockout in the first round as he was stunned by a right hook on the chin followed with a knee to the body and multiple elbows to the side of his head.
After the release from UFC, Silva fought Ivan Shtyrkov in Russia on 18 November 2016. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
On 28 July 2020, it was announced that Silva had signed a contract with Taura MMA. He was expected to make his promotional debut against Brett Martin at Taura MMA 11 on 30 October 2020. However, the bout was cancelled on the fight week.
Subsequently, Silva signed with Arena Fighting Championship and was expected to face Chris Barnett at AFC 2 on 12 December 2020, but the whole event was postponed due to multiple COVID-19 cases.
In August 2017 Silva signed with Glory Kickboxing, and made his debut against Rico Verhoeven at Glory 46 on 14 October 2017 in Guangzhou, China.  After being dominated by arguably the #1 heavyweight kickboxer of the time, Silva was knocked down by a headkick in the second round. The referee stopped the fight less than a minute later officially ruling the match a TKO win for Verhoeven.
Silva was scheduled to challenge Greg Tony for World Kickboxing Network Super Heavyweight title  at the final day of WKN World Cup 2019 on 30 November 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. The fight was cancelled due to withdrawal of Silva, who wasn't medically cleared after suffering the defeat by knockout in his previous bout.
|0 Wins, 1 Loss|
|2017-10-14||Loss||Rico Verhoeven||Glory 46: China||Guangzhou, China||TKO (Referee stoppage)||2||0:43||0–1|
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
On 16 August 2019, it was announced that Silva had signed a contract with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. Subsequently, on 28 August 2019, it was announced that Silva would make his promotional debut headlining BKFC 8 against fellow UFC veteran Gabriel Gonzaga on 19 October 2019. He lost the fight by knockout in the second round.
In late 2020, Silva adopted twin brothers in his native Brazil.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- MMA Lineal championship
- Heavyweight Lineal Championship (One time)
- EliteXC Heavyweight Championship (One time, first, last)
- Cage Rage
- Cage Rage World Heavyweight Championship (One time, last)
- Cage Warriors
- Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- One Successful Title Defense
- 2011 Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinalist
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|32 matches||19 wins||12 losses|
|Loss||19-13 (1)||Quentin Domingos||TKO (punches)||Megdan Fighting 9: Under the Bright Sky||13 June 2021||2||1:30||Šabac, Serbia|
|Loss||19–12 (1)||Vitaly Minakov||KO (punches)||Fight Nights Global 68: Pavlovich vs. Mokhnatkin||2 June 2017||2||1:37||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||19–11 (1)||Ivan Shtyrkov||Decision (unanimous)||Titov Boxing Promotion: Shtyrkov vs. Silva||18 November 2016||3||5:00||Yekaterinburg, Russia|
|Loss||19–10 (1)||Roy Nelson||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg||24 September 2016||2||4:10||Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil|
|Loss||19–9 (1)||Stefan Struve||KO (elbows)||UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski||8 May 2016||1||0:16||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||19–8 (1)||Mark Hunt||TKO (punches)||UFC 193||15 November 2015||1||3:41||Melbourne, Australia|
|Win||19–7 (1)||Soa Palelei||TKO (punches)||UFC 190||1 August 2015||2||0:41||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||18–7 (1)||Frank Mir||KO (punch and elbows)||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir||22 February 2015||1||1:40||Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil|
|Loss||18–6 (1)||Andrei Arlovski||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski||13 September 2014||1||2:59||Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil|
|NC||18–5 (1)||Mark Hunt||NC (overturned)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot||7 December 2013||5||5:00||Brisbane, Australia||Fight of the Night. Majority draw overturned after Silva tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.|
|Loss||18–5||Cain Velasquez||TKO (punches)||UFC 160||25 May 2013||1||1:21||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||18–4||Alistair Overeem||KO (punches)||UFC 156||2 February 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||5 October 2012||1||3:27||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||16–4||Cain Velasquez||TKO (punches)||UFC 146||26 May 2012||1||3:36||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||16–3||Daniel Cormier||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov||10 September 2011||1||3:56||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||16–2||Fedor Emelianenko||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva||12 February 2011||2||5:00||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States||Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||15–2||Mike Kyle||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II||4 December 2010||2||2:49||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||14–2||Andrei Arlovski||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery||15 May 2010||3||5:00||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||13–2||Fabrício Werdum||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers||7 November 2009||3||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States|
|Win||13–1||Jim York||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Sengoku 10||23 September 2009||1||3:51||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||12–1||Yoshihiro Nakao||TKO (knee injury)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009||4 January 2009||1||1:42||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||11–1||Justin Eilers||TKO (knees and punches)||EliteXC: Unfinished Business||26 July 2008||2||0:19||Stockton, California, United States||Won the EliteXC Heavyweight Championship. Tested positive for boldenone post-fight.|
|Win||10–1||Ricco Rodriguez||Decision (split)||EliteXC: Street Certified||16 February 2008||3||5:00||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||9–1||Jonathan Wiezorek||Submission (rear-naked choke)||EliteXC: Renegade||10 November 2007||1||3:12||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Win||8–1||Wesley Correira||TKO (flying knee and punches)||EliteXC: Destiny||10 February 2007||1||3:49||Southaven, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||7–1||Eric Pele||TKO (punches)||BodogFight: USA vs. Russia||2 December 2006||1||2:40||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||7–0||Georgy Kaysinov||KO (punch)||Hero's 7||9 October 2006||1||1:08||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||6–0||Tom Erikson||TKO (punches)||Hero's 5||3 May 2006||1||2:49||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–0||Tadas Rimkevicius||TKO (punches)||CWFC: Strike Force 5||25 March 2006||1||3:22||Coventry, England||Defended the Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||4–0||Ruben Villareal||TKO (punches)||CWFC: Strike Force 4||26 November 2005||1||3:07||Coventry, England||Won the Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Rafael Carino||TKO (corner stoppage)||Cage Rage 12||2 July 2005||1||2:55||London, England||Won the Cage Rage World Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||2–0||Marcus Tchinda||TKO (submission to punches)||CWFC: Strike Force||21 May 2005||1||3:03||Coventry, England|
|Win||1–0||Tengiz Tedoradze||TKO (punches)||UKMMAC 10: Slugfest||6 March 2005||1||0:48||Colchester, England|
Bare knuckle record
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||0–1||Gabriel Gonzaga||KO (punches)||Bare Knuckle FC 8||19 October 2019||2||1:50||Tampa, Florida, United States|
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|New championship|| 1st Elite XC Heavyweight Champion
26 July 2008 – 20 October 2008
|New championship|| 1st Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion
26 November 2005 – present
Title last held byIan Freeman
| 3rd Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion
2 July 2005 – 20 October 2008