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The extinction of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

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Written by Joseph Billi, May 26, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.


Somewhere out there, roaming the metaphorical forest that is mixed martial arts, ever eluding his UFC walking papers, is the mysterious Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. This not-so-majestic creature has been trudging his way through a rough patch of wins a losses that have gone on since his debut at UFC 146 where he lost to Cain Velasquez who was at the top of his game.

The Extinction of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

On May 26, 2012, I was at a local Duffy’s Sports Bar in South Florida with a group of guys from the American Top Team branch in Wellington, Florida. Our professor, Emyr Bussade, sat with his beautiful wife in a corner booth, unknowing of our presence, wearing a hoodie for some privacy, he was there to do one thing, watch Silva.

The main card was well underway when Silva and Velasquez would enter the ring before the main event of the evening, where Junior Dos Santos would go on to pummel Frank Mir in a second round TKO. When he entered the cage everyone at the table paid closer attention to the screen as our coach perked up in the corner. To him, this was it; Silva was going to beat the former heavyweight champion for ATT and all of South Florida. But, that’s no how things would turn out.

After a take down that revealed Silva’s absolute lack of takedown defense, the fight would spend rest of the time with Cain in Silva’s half guard, raining down elbows and leaving Silva a bloody mess, until he eventually mounted and TKO’d.

20120526_jla_ac4_693Before Bruce Buffer could announce the winner or Joe Rogan could conduct his post fight interview, our professor was out the door and on his way to the parking lot.

Since that night, “Bigfoot” has done everything from shock the world with wins over Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem, to disappoint those who backed him as he has managed to win only one of his last seven matches.

But, with his most recent loss coming from Stefan Struve by way of knock out just sixteen seconds into the bout, it looks like this might be the end of the road the thirty six year old fighter. That the thick forest that once concealed Bigfoot has been cut down and Antonio Silva has been exposed.

May 8, 2016; Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands; during UFC Fight Night at Ahoy Rotterdam. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

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