Antonio Silva Set To Fight Ivan Shtyrkov In Russia

Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva has wasted no time getting back on the saddle after being released by the UFC, as he’s now signed up to fight in Russia on November 18th.

Silva will be going up against undefeated Russian prospect Ivan Shtyrkov, a 225lb heavyweight who so far holds a 4-0 professional record, with two of his wins coming by way of TKO and two by submission.

“I’m very excited about the upcoming fight against Shtyrkov,” Silva said. “I have made many fans in Japan, Brazil and the U.S., and I will make amazing fans in Russia. Thank you to all my fans, RCC Boxing Promotions from Russia and to Alex Davis and Narcis Mujkic, who made this fight happen.”

The 37 year-old Silva had a rough time of it in the later stages of his UFC career to say the least, recording just one win in his last eight fights.

More worryingly though, all of ‘Bigfoot’s’ losses during that period came by way of strikes, including four clean KO’s in the last two years alone.

With that in mind many observers believe the Brazilian should hang up his gloves, but now that he’s a free agent he’s not going to be short of offers from smaller promotions, and it looks like he has every intention of fighting on for the foreseeable future.

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