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After string of brutal KO losses, UFC vet ‘Bigfoot’ Silva slated to fight 102-9-1 kickboxer

Former UFC title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is will face a decorated kickboxer for his next fight.

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva during a UFC media day in 2016.
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva during a UFC media day in 2016.
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In early July, former UFC title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva suffered a brutal standing KO loss. It happened during a pro boxing match against Vyacheslav Datsik in Moscow.

Yet despite this devastating outcome, the 42-year-old Brazilian isn’t looking to call it quits anytime soon. Per social media, Silva has been booked against Azerbaijan’s Zabit Samedov.

The 38-year-old Samedov is a decorated kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter who is also the 2012 K-1 World Grand Prix finalist. His kickboxing record alone speaks for itself, which currently stands at 102-9-1. As a pro-MMA fighter, Samedov holds a record of 12-2-0.

As an MMA fighter Silva has been on a seven-fight skid beginning with his UFC 193 rematch with Mark Hunt in 2015. He has suffered knockout losses since 2017, most recently in June when he was stopped in the second round by Oleg Popov.

This losing trend and the potential repercussions to his long-term health drew concerns among people close to him.

Samedov vs. Silva will headline the Mix Fight Championship event on September 10 in Baku, Azerbaijan.