Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva has quickly got back on the saddle after being released by the UFC, taking a fight with up and coming heavyweight Ivan Shtyrkov in Russia last night at RCC Boxing Promotions.
The fight didn’t go the Brazilian veteran’s way though, as after a competitive first round Shtyrkov dropped ‘Bigfoot’ early in the second with a left hand that sent him falling through the ropes.
Silva was reset on his back in the center of the ring and Shtyrkov would come close to finishing him with ground and pound in the remainder of the round, but ‘Bigfoot’ survived and even rallied strongly in the final five minutes to take the fight a decision.
However, the Russian had done enough by that stage to earn a unanimous decision victory.
The 37 year-old Silva has now lost his last four fights in a row, and has won just once in his past nine fights, but there’s still no sign that he’s going to hang up his gloves.
“Thank you GOD for amazing fight this night, the people in Russia watch a great fight..” Silva wrote on Instagram after the bout.