Antonio Silva, aka Bigfoot Silva, will be making his return to mixed martial arts.
Silva, the former UFC heavyweight title challenger, and EliteXC heavyweight champion, has not competed in MMA since 2017. Yet, Brazilian outlet, Combate reports Silva has booked his return fight to the sport as he takes on Brett Martin at a Taura MMA event in Florida on October 30.
Not only is Silva making his return to MMA, but he also signed a three-fight deal with the promotion. So, he is back in MMA for the foreseeable future.
Bigfoot Silva last competed in MMA back in June of 2017 where he suffered a knockout loss to Vitaly Minakov at Fight Nights global. It was his fifth-straight loss with four of the five coming by knockout. The Brazilian went 3-6 and one no-contest in the UFC where his wins came over Travis Browne, Alistair Overeem, and Sao Palelei.
Following his third-straight loss in the UFC to Roy Nelson, he was released from the promotion. He then fought twice in Russia losing to Ivan Shtyrkov by decision and the Minakov KO loss.
After that, many thought the Brazilain would retire from combat sports, but that is far from what happened. He then made his Glory Kickboxing debut against an absolute killer in Rico Verhoeven. There, he suffered a second-round KO loss. After taking two years off from combat sports he returned last October to make his Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship debut where he suffered a KO loss to Gabriel Gonzaga.
Brett Martin, meanwhile, is 9-1 in MMA and has been a mainstay of the LFA’s heavyweight division. The 26-year-old is riding a five-fight winning streak and won the LFA heavyweight tournament. In his career, he has notable wins over Josh Parisian and Daniel James among others.
For Martin, perhaps a win over a legend in Bigfoot Silva finally gets him a call to the UFC.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime