Cage Warriors History: Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva
By Dan McConnell
This is a new series created for FightPost which will focus on the Cage Warriors former alumni and current talent who are progressing through the ranks.
Many big names have stepped into the CW cage and wore those famous yellow gloves from the likes of Joanna Jedrejczyk, Michael Bisping, Conor McGregor to Gegard Mousasi.
Brazilian heavyweight fighter Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva was accustomed to fighting on British shores, taking his first professional fight at UKMMAC in March of 2005 and also fought for Cage Rage in the same year.
Silva also fought for Cage Warriors three times, which often gets forgotten about the former UFC heavyweight contender’s resume. He took on Marcus Tchinda, Ruben Villareal and Tadas Rimkevicius all inside the Cage Warriors promotion winning these bouts all by first round KO.
Collecting a 5-0 record, all victorious by first round knockout certainly put Bigfoot on the map as a force to be reckoned with. He went on to rack up a 14-1 record until his move to Strikeforce in 2009.
In a career where he would go on to compete at K1 Kickboxing, Elite XC, Strikeforce and of course the UFC, the Brazilian has fought in most of the premiere organisations all throughout his career. But rather surprisingly he never fought for PRIDE in Japan like most heavyweights at the time.
Taking on names such as Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski, Fedor Emelianenko, Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez, Travis Browne, Alistair Overeem, Mark Hunt and Frank Mir are just some of the names Silva has faced in his long career.
Silva made his UFC debut in 2012 when they purchased Strikeforce, and had an 11-fight run with the company.
Silva only managed 3 wins in a disappointing run in the UFC, and it was in September 2016 in a knockout loss to Roy Nelson would end his time with the UFC.
The heavyweight would leave the promotion and fight for Titov Boxing Promotion and Fight Night Global in 2017 before announcing his retirement with a 19-12 record.