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November 7, 2017 Antonio Silva News
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Silva claims that he suffered a torn ligament in his knee just days before his Glory 46 fight with Rico Verhoeven, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Silva made his Glory debut in October, where he lost to Rico Verhoeven. "Bigfoot" says that suffered the injury days before the fight took place and has since gotten surgery to correct the issue. The former UFC fighter hit a major slide prior to joining the promotion, having gone 1-8-1 since 2013.
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Fantasy Analysis"Bigfoot" Silva made his return to MMA after being cut by the UFC last month after falling to Roy Nelson. Silva has lost seven of his last ten fights.
Fantasy AnalysisAt least Bigfoot managed to see the second-round this time. Silva did a decent job of covering up throwing an occasional kick here and there in Round 1, but as soon as Nelson unleashed a combination that connected, Bigfoot crumbled, as expected. Silva is now 1-6 (1NC) in his last eight fights dating back to May 2013. Five of the six losses have been first-round KO setbacks and of course Saturday's was a second-round KO defeat. To say that Bigfoot has nothing left in the tank would be the understatement of the century. If he doesn't step aside willingly, the UFC is going to release him. It should have happened a long time ago, but it's going to happen now.
Fantasy AnalysisA former challenger for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, Silva's career is on life support. He has one win in the last three and a half years and his last four losses have all been via first-round KO. He should have been released months ago. There is no legitimate reason that he is still on the UFC roster. A loss to Nelson would figure to be the final nail in Bigfoot's coffin.
Fantasy AnalysisSilva could have been released after losing his last fight to Stefan Struve by TKO 15 seconds into round one in May. Luckily for him, he'll get a chance at another fighter who has also lost three of his last four bouts. As heavyweight fights tend to be, this one will be a slugfest, as both fighters have over 10 knockouts under their belts. Silva is much more knockout vulnerable than Nelson, having lost eight fights by knockout over his career, so he'll need to be more cautious than he has been in the past of hard hits in order to win the fight.
Fantasy AnalysisThere isn't much that can be said here. Bigfoot complained vehemently to referee Leon Roberts after the stoppage, but it was 100% the correct call. Silva ate one huge short uppercut and one huge knee to the face and that was all she wrote. If there was anyone out there who didn't think that Bigfoot was completely washed up and needed to hang up his gloves, this should change your mind. Silva is now 1-5-1 in his last seven fights. If he doesn't willingly accept retiring, he will almost certainly be released. There is absolutely no way that the UFC brass can justify keeping him on the roster at this point.
Fantasy AnalysisSilva is 3-6-1 in his last 10 fights and he also has a performance enhancing drug suspension under his belt for that time period. When you take into account his age (36) and the fact he has shown nothing from a fighting standpoint for the better part of the last three years, Bigfoot may very well be released if he loses. His movements have become increasingly labored and he has shown no ability recently to eat a power shot. There are a countless number of unheralded heavyweights whom I would pick over Silva these days. The former title challenger is nothing more than roster depth in 2016.
Fantasy AnalysisBigfoot has now been knocked out in four of his last six fights. The punch from Hunt that finished the fight on Saturday didn't even appear to land flush, but it was enough to mess up Bigfoot's equilibrium and cause the finish. This isn't the same guy that knocked out Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem in back-to-back fights in late 2012 and early 2013. The 36-year-old is done as far as being a legitimate threat in the heavyweight division.
Fantasy AnalysisIt would be a rematch of the legendary December 2013 bout that ended in a draw. Bigfoot looked better in his last bout, a KO victory over Soa Palelei earlier this month. Hunt lacks weapons other that his big time power and glass chin. It would be a good matchup for Bigfoot as he tries to put together back-to-back wins.
Fantasy AnalysisBigfoot certainly looked better than he did in his last two fights, but it still wasn't all that impressive a performance. Bigfoot was in major trouble at the end of the first round and he probably would have been looking at a loss if there were even ten more seconds left in the round. If nothing else, a human being as big as Silva proved that he will always have huge power. The stoppage came when he landed one big shot and forced Palelei along the fence. Silva followed with another huge knee and then a few more punches before referee John McCarthy stepped in to halt the action. It was definitely a better effort, but it's hard to say that Bigfoot is officially back.
Fantasy AnalysisBigfoot challenged Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title in May 2013, but he's 0-2-1 since then. He's suffered first-round TKO losses to Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski in his last two bouts. It goes without saying, but he's looked nothing like the Bigfoot Silva who has career wins over Arlovski, Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne. Currently ranked #12 by UFC.com in the resurgent heavyweight division, Bigfoot is in danger of falling off the map if he loses on Saturday.