Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is returning to MMA for the primary time since 2017.

The previous Strikeforce and UFC heavyweight contender has signed a contract with Brazil-based promotion Tauro MMA and he’ll tackle former LFA heavyweight Brett Martin on a card in (the place else?) Florida.

An official press launch confirmed the information on Monday, following an preliminary report from Combate.

There’s no different strategy to sugarcoat it, Silva (19-12-1 NC) is completely shot. He’s on a five-fight shedding streak in MMA and he has repeatedly suffered knockout losses throughout a number of fight sports activities. “Bigfoot” was ludicrously matched up in opposition to Rico Verhoeven in GLORY kickboxing and was inevitably stopped in two rounds. Final yr he went to Naked Knuckle FC and was knocked out by Gabriel Gonzaga. Stretching again to 2014, he has been knocked out or TKO’d in eight of his ten fights throughout MMA, kickboxing, and naked knuckle boxing. He admittedly took the Verhoeven bout as a result of “he wants cash.” One can solely assume that’s the rationale he stays energetic in combating.

Martin (9-1-1 NC) has probably the most heavyweight of heavyweight honors, which is profitable LFA’s four-man match by way of two disqualifications. He prevailed by unlawful strikes in opposition to Renan Ferreira at LFA 70, then unlawful knees within the last in opposition to Daniel James. He would’ve been the LFA heavyweight champion besides he truly missed the heavyweight restrict of 265 lbs, so he was ineligible to win the belt. Martin solely has two knockouts out of 9 wins, so perhaps we could possibly be spared Silva getting extra head trauma. Perhaps.

Oh sure, and Rousimar Palhares and William Macario are among the many different names scheduled to seem on this present, which is ready for October 30th. Enjoyable instances.