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Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (born September 14, 1979) is a Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter. He initially fought in the super heavyweight division, but currently competes in the heavyweight weight class. He is the first and last EliteXC heavyweight champion.

Biography

Silva suffers from a condition called Acromegaly, which causes the enlargement of facial and body features because of a tumor in his pituitary gland.

He has competed in organizations such as HERO'S, BodogFight and Elite Xtreme Combat (where he was heavyweight champion), and currently fights for Sengoku.

He is 14-2 in his MMA career, with his two losses at the hands of super heavyweight (a weight Silva used to fight at) Eric Pele, when the two met at BodogFight - USA vs. Russia, and Fabricio Werdum.

EliteXC

On February 10, 2007 Silva made his EliteXC debut at EliteXC: Destiny against UFC veteran Wesley Correira. Silva won the bout by TKO due to strikes in the first round. He followed his performance up by defeating Jonathan Wiezorek at EliteXC: Renegade by rear naked choke in the first round. His next victory was attained by defeating former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez.

On July 26, 2008 Silva won the EliteXC Heavyweight title with a second round TKO over late UFC veteran Justin Eilers. Silva later tested positive after the fight with Eilers for the anabolic steroid Boldenone, was suspended for 1 year, and fined $2500.00 by the California State Athletic Commission.

Sengoku

Soon after his positive steroid test in California, Silva signed on to fight at Sengoku 7. He was advised not to fight in Japan by the California State Athletic Commission, however he ignored this request, and continued to claim that he had not used steroids. Despite pressure from the California State Athletic Commission and his peers, on January 4, 2009, Silva stepped into the ring against Yoshihiro "KISS" Nakao, at Sengoku 7 in Japan. Silva won an anticlimactic bout by TKO when his opponent suffered a knee injury in the first round.

At Sengoku 10 he fought Jim York, where he won by submission in the first round. With both fighters looking tentative on the feet, Silva took his opponent 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 some effective hammer fists and punches until moving for an arm triangle choke which he secured when he gained the side control position, securing his victory.

MMA records

Record Result Opponent Method Event Title Date Round Time Location Notes
13-2 Loss Fabricio Werdum Decision (Unanimous) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers 11/07/2009 3 5:00 Hoffman Estates, Illinoismarker, USAmarker
13–1 Win Jim York Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) Sengoku 10 09/23/2009 1 3:51 Saitama, Japanmarker
12–1 Win Yoshihiro Nakao TKO (Knee Injury) Sengoku no Ran 2009 01/04/2009 1 1:42 Saitama, Japanmarker
11–1 Win Justin Eilers TKO (Knees and Punches) EliteXC: Unfinished Business 07/26/2008 2 0:19 Stockton, Californiamarker, USAmarker Became first and only Elite XC Heavyweight Champion. Also tested positive for steroids on post fight drug test.
10–1 Win Ricco Rodriguez Decision (Split) EliteXC: Street Certified 02/16/2008 3 5:00 Miami, Floridamarker, USAmarker
9–1 Win Jonathan Wiezorek Submission (Rear Naked Choke) EliteXC: Renegade 11/10/2007 1 3:12 Corpus Christi, Texasmarker, USAmarker
8–1 Win Wesley Correira TKO (Strikes) EliteXC Destiny 02/10/2007 1 3:49 Southaven, Mississippimarker, USAmarker
7–1 Loss Eric Pele TKO (Strikes) BodogFight – USA vs. Russia 12/02/2006 1 2:40 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canadamarker
7–0 Win Georgy Kaysinov KO (Punch) K-1 – Hero's 7 10/09/2006 1 1:08 Yokohama, Japanmarker
6–0 Win Tom Erikson TKO (Strikes) K-1 – Hero's 5 05/03/2006 1 2:49 Tokyomarker, Japanmarker
5–0 Win Tadas Rinkevicius TKO CWFC – Strike Force 5 03/25/2006 1 3:22 Coventry, Englandmarker, United Kingdommarker
4–0 Win Ruben Villareal TKO CWFC – Strike Force 4 11/26/2005 1 3:07 Coventry, Englandmarker, United Kingdommarker Wins CWFC Super Heavyweight Championship
3–0 Win Rafael Carino Submission Cage Rage 12 – The Real Deal 07/02/2005 1 2:55 London, Englandmarker, United Kingdommarker Wins Cage Rage World Heavyweight Championship
2–0 Win Marcus Tchinda TKO CWFC – Strike Force 05/02/2005 1 3:03 Coventry, Englandmarker, United Kingdommarker
1–0 Win Tengiz Tedoradze TKO UKMMAC 10 – Slugfest 03/06/2005 1 0:48 Essex, England, United Kingdommarker


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