Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Antonio Silva is currently in a concerning state in his professional MMA career. In his recent bout, Silva suffered yet another loss after getting knocked out cold.
Antonio Silva just had another fight on Saturday. The 42-year-old Brazilian headlined MMA Series 53 event with Oleg Popov in a heavyweight bout. Silva suffered another loss after getting knocked out early in the second round.
After the horn sounded, both athletes were waiting for the right time. At the 15 seconds mark, Silva stepped right into a quick left hand by Popov. The strike connected right on Silva’s jaw and instantly knocked him out. Popov earned the victory and currently has a 15-1 record in his professional career.
Meanwhile, with this loss, ‘Bigfoot’ suffered his 7th loss streak. He experienced his downfall in September 2014 when he faced Andrei Arlovski in the UFC. Since then, Silva has gone 9-1 with 8 fights ending with him getting knocked out.
Antonio Silva was once known as one of the scariest heavyweight in the world. He was known as a knockout artist and became champion in various MMA promotions such as Elite X, Cage Rage, Cage Warriors, and Strikeforce.
He joined the UFC and was welcomed by former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez during his promotional debut in May 2012. However, he didn’t manage to give a good impression after Velasquez knocked him out.
Following a fight with Velasquez, Silva bounced back from the loss and impressively defeated Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem with knockouts. He was then granted to have a title shot against Cain Velasquez. Unfortunately, Velasquez was in his prime and finished Silva in the middle of the first round.
After being released from the UFC in 2016, Antonio Silva joined various promotions and never won a single fight. After his recent loss against Oleg Popov, many MMA fans have suggested him to retire already.
Bigfoot Silva just got knocked out COLD in Russia
he is now 1-10-1 in his last 12 fights. it’s time to retire pic.twitter.com/xnHYqgLkHU
— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) June 25, 2022