Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Bigfoot Silva is back in business in late October in a new promoter as head office.
The portal Combat announced this week that the Brazilian fighter will return to the cage to face Brett Martin in the developer Taura MMA that has an incidence in Florida. Martin, was one of the top heavyweight contenders in LFA. Silva reportedly signed a three-fight contract with Taura MMA and will make its promotional debut on October 30.
Bigfoot (19-12, 1 NC) He returns to MMA after three years out of sport. The 40-year-old Brazilian was once one of the best heavyweights in the sport and even has notable victories over names like Alistair Overeem, Travis Browne and Fedor Emelianenko. Sadly, his later years have left a lot to be desired, piling up a streak of setbacks that put him in a bad position.
Between 2013 and 2017, Bigfoot had 1-8 mark (1) with seven knockout losses, including his current streak of five consecutive losses where he was brutally knocked out in four of them. His only victory since 2013 was over Soa Palelei in 2015.
After taking a break from MMA, Bigfoot competed in both GLORY kickboxing as well as Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, losing by knockout to Rico Verhoeven and Gabriel Gonzaga in 2017 and 2019, respectively, the fight with Gonzaga being his last engagement in combat sports.
Martin (8-1, 1 NC) he’s one of the best heavyweight prospects in North America right now. At just 26 years old he made his MMA debut in 2016 and has so far accumulated a record of 8-1 with four wins by TKO.
This is an important fight for both men, as Bigfoot needs a victory to prove that he still has what it takes to compete in MMA, while for Martin, a victory over Bigfoot if he gains weight could be just what he needs to earn his ticket to the UFC.
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