Antonio Silva's quest for his first victory since his famous upset over Alistair Overeem in 2013 will continue this August, once again in Brazil. The former UFC heavyweight title challenger will face Soa Palelei at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, as was confirmed by the promotion over the weekend.
Silva (18-7, 1 NC) is without a win in his last 4 fights, having suffered a knockdown and/or knockout in all of them. Bigfoot's last bout ended in a 1st round KO loss to Frank Mir in Porto Alegre, where he was felled by a short left hook and finished with a barrage of punches and elbows. The 35-year-old has looked dreadful in his showings vs. Mir and Andrei Arlovski, which coincide with Bigfoot no longer being on TRT after it was banned in early 2014.
Palelei (22-4) is 4-1 in his 2nd UFC stint, having previously been bounced in 2007 after losing to Eddie Sanchez in his debut. "The Hulk" is coming off a 2nd round TKO win over Walt Harris last November in Australia, which got him back on the winning course after he lost a decision to Jared Rosholt in New Zealand. Palelei is known for his punishing ground-and-pound, which has forced stoppages vs. Harris, Nikita Krylov, Ruan Potts, and Pat Barry inside the Octagon.
UFC 190 is headlined by a women's bantamweight title defense between reigning champion Ronda Rousey and Brazilian challenger Bethe Correia.