Antônio Silva (fighter)

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Antônio Silva
Born(1979-09-14) September 14, 1979 (age 34)
Brasília, Brazil[1]
Other namesBigfoot (Pezão)
NationalityBrazilian
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)[2]
Weight264 lb (120 kg; 18 st 12 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight (265) (2005–present)
Super Heavyweight (2005–2006)
Reach82 in (208 cm)
Fighting out ofCampina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil
TeamTeam Nogueira
American Top Team
Rank     black belt in Shotokan Karate
     black belt in Judo
    black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2005–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total24
Wins18
By knockout13
By submission3
By decision2
Losses5
By knockout4
By submission0
By decision1
Draws1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Antônio Silva
Born(1979-09-14) September 14, 1979 (age 34)
Brasília, Brazil[1]
Other namesBigfoot (Pezão)
NationalityBrazilian
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)[2]
Weight264 lb (120 kg; 18 st 12 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight (265) (2005–present)
Super Heavyweight (2005–2006)
Reach82 in (208 cm)
Fighting out ofCampina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil
TeamTeam Nogueira
American Top Team
Rank     black belt in Shotokan Karate
     black belt in Judo
    black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2005–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total24
Wins18
By knockout13
By submission3
By decision2
Losses5
By knockout4
By submission0
By decision1
Draws1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Antônio Carlos Silva[3] (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 February 3, 2014, he is #5 in official UFC heavyweight rankings [4] and ranked the #5 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.[5]

Background[edit]

Silva is from Brasilia, Brazil and began karate when he was four years old and trained in the martial art for 13 years before transitioning to Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Club affiliation[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Early career[edit]

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.

EliteXC[edit]

On February 10, 2007, Silva made his EliteXC debut at EliteXC: Destiny, against UFC veteran Wesley Correira. Silva won by TKO due to strikes in the first round.

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.[9]

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.[10] 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."[11]

Sengoku[edit]

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.

Strikeforce[edit]

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.[12][13][14]

Silva defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski on May 15, 2010, at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery,[15] via decision.

He was scheduled to face Valentijn Overeem on Dec. 4, but Overeem suffered an injury and withdrew from the fight.[16] He was replaced by Mike Kyle.[17] 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[edit]

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,[18] but was rescheduled to face Cain Velasquez instead.[19] Velasquez defeated Silva by TKO in the first round.

Silva faced Travis Browne on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5.[20] 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.[21] Leading up to the fight, Overeem was dismissive of Silva's skills, claiming he was better than his opponent in every aspect of MMA.[22] 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.[23]

Silva faced Cain Velasquez in a rematch for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
NC18–5 (1)Mark HuntNo Contest (overturned)[29]UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. BigfootDecember 7, 201355:00Brisbane, Queensland, AustraliaFight of the Night (forfeited award); Silva tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone post-fight. Original majority draw.
Loss18–5Cain VelasquezTKO (punches)UFC 160May 25, 201311:21Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win18–4Alistair OvereemKO (punches)UFC 156February 2, 201330:25Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesUFC Heavyweight title eliminator; Knockout of the Night.
Win17–4Travis BrowneTKO (punches)UFC on FX: Browne vs. BigfootOctober 5, 201213:27Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss16–4Cain VelasquezTKO (punches)UFC 146May 26, 201213:36Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesUFC debut.
Loss16–3Daniel CormierKO (punches)Strikeforce: Barnett vs. KharitonovSeptember 10, 201113:56Cincinnati, Ohio, United StatesStrikeforce Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
Win16–2Fedor EmelianenkoTKO (doctor stoppage)Strikeforce: Fedor vs. SilvaFebruary 12, 201125:00East Rutherford, New Jersey, United StatesStrikeforce Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Win15–2Mike KyleKO (punches)Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu IIDecember 4, 201022:49St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win14–2Andrei ArlovskiDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce: Heavy ArtilleryMay 15, 201035:00St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Loss13–2Fabricio WerdumDecision (unanimous)Strikeforce: Fedor vs. RogersNovember 7, 200935:00Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win13–1Jim YorkSubmission (arm-triangle choke)Sengoku 10September 23, 200913:51Saitama, Japan
Win12–1Yoshihiro NakaoTKO (stoppage)Sengoku no Ran 2009January 4, 200911:42Saitama, Japan
Win11–1Justin EilersTKO (knees and punches)EliteXC: Unfinished BusinessJuly 26, 200820:19Stockton, California, United StatesWon EliteXC Heavyweight Championship. Tested positive for boldenone post-fight.
Win10–1Ricco RodriguezDecision (split)EliteXC: Street CertifiedFebruary 16, 200835:00Miami, Florida, United States
Win9–1Jonathan WiezorekSubmission (rear naked choke)EliteXC: RenegadeNovember 10, 200713:12Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Win8–1Wesley CorreiraTKO (punches)EliteXC: DestinyFebruary 10, 200713:49Southaven, Mississippi, United States
Loss7–1Eric PeleTKO (punches)BodogFight: USA vs. RussiaDecember 2, 200612:40Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win7–0Georgy KaysinovKO (punch)Hero's 7October 9, 200611:08Yokohama, Japan
Win6–0Tom EriksonTKO (punches)Hero's 5May 3, 200612:49Tokyo, Japan
Win5–0Tadas RimkevičiusKO (punches)CWFC: Strike Force 5March 25, 200613:22Coventry, England, United Kingdom
Win4–0Ruben VillarealTKO (punches)CWFC: Strike Force 4November 26, 200513:07Coventry, England, United KingdomWon Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Championship
Win3–0Rafael CarinoTKO (corner stoppage)Cage Rage 12: The Real DealJuly 2, 200512:55London, England, United KingdomWon Cage Rage World Heavyweight Championship
Win2–0Marcus TchindaSubmission (punches)CWFC: Strike ForceMay 2, 200513:03Coventry, England, United Kingdom
Win1–0Tengiz TedoradzeTKO (punches)UKMMAC 10: SlugfestMarch 6, 200510:48Colchester, England, United Kingdom

Personal Life[edit]

Antonio Silva is married to Rosario Pimentel[30] and they have two daughters together Anne and Aysha. He and his family reside in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNHZ_MpOgyw
  2. ^ "Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva". ufc.com. Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  3. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/2012%20Results%20Web/05-26-12%20MMA.pdf
  4. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  5. ^ "Sherdog's Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. January 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3308622/bio
  7. ^ Antonio Silva: "I want to tell you my side of the story" | MMA Shorts | MMA Gloves | MMA Clothing | MMA Equipment. MMAUniverse.com (August 8, 2006). Retrieved on February 14, 2011.
  8. ^ Big Foot fight camp for the fight against Fedor. YouTube. Retrieved on February 14, 2011.
  9. ^ "Antonio Silva Exclusive Interview". mmasportsmag.com. February 2, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Silva, Dewees Test Positive". Sherdog.com. 2008. Archived from the original on August 22, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  11. ^ MMA Steroid Busts: The Definitive Timeline | CagepotatoCagepotato. Cagepotato.com. Retrieved on February 14, 2011.
  12. ^ Sherdog.com. "Fedor Bloodied But Victorious". Sherdog.com. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  13. ^ Morgan, John. (March 25, 2010) Silva wants rematch with Werdum after dispatching of Arlovski at Strikeforce St. Louis. MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved on February 14, 2011.
  14. ^ March 25, 2010 (March 25, 2010). "Antonio "Big Foot" Silva wants a rematch with Werdum after he takes out Arlovski , UFC/MMA News In One Place , MMABay: Powered by TapouT". MMABay. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Overeem vs. Rogers, Arlovski vs. "Bigfoot" official for May 15 Strikeforce event in St. Louis". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on March 22, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Valentijn Overeem Injured, Strikeforce Debut Nixed". MMAWeekly.com. November 27, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Mike Kyle Tapped to Face Antonio Silva for Strikeforce". MMAWeekly.com. November 29, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Antonio Silva vs. Roy Nelson slated for UFC 146 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. March 7, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  19. ^ "UFC 146: Cain Velasquez vs Antonio Silva booked for May 26 in Las Vegas". mmamania.com. April 22, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Heavyweights Travis Browne, Antonio Silva to headline UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis". mmajunkie.com. July 27, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Overeem eyes return at UFC 156 to face 'Bigfoot' Silva on Super Bowl weekend.". http://www.lvrj.com. November 13, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Alistair Overeem says Bigfoot Silva will be just another statistic after UFC 156 knockout". MMAmania.com. January 28, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  23. ^ "UFC 156 Bonuses: Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, 'Bigfoot' Silva, Bobby Green banks $50,000 apiece". sherdog.com. February 2, 2013. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  24. ^ Matt Erickson (2013-02-12). "Velasquez-Silva 2, Dos Santos-Overeem booked for UFC 160 in May". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  25. ^ Staff (2013-09-04). "Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva targeted for UFC's December return to Australia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  26. ^ Staff (2013-12-07). "Antonio Silva drew with Mark Hunt". mmadecisions.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  27. ^ Staff. "UFC Fight Night 33 bonuses: Rua, Silva and Hunt pick up $50,000 awards". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 12-07-2013. 
  28. ^ "Antonio Silva fails post-fight drug test". Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  29. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/2013/12/antonio-bigfoot-silva-fails-post-fight-drug-test-stripped-of-50000-bonus/
  30. ^ April 5, 2012. "Antonio Bigfoot Silva Wife Rosario and their family (pics, bio, Wiki)". FabWags.com. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 

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Achievements
New championship1st Elite XC Heavyweight Champion
July 26, 2008 – October 20, 2008
Incumbent
New championship1st Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Champion
November 26, 2005 – present
Incumbent
Vacant
Title last held by
Ian Freeman
3rd Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion
July 2, 2005 – October 20, 2008
Incumbent