António “Bigfoot” Silva fought for the 35th, and supposedly final, time in the headlining bout of the inaugural Kingdom Fighting event. Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan for the Brazilian legend.
It has been a rough road for Silva in the last several years, winning only 1 of his last 8 in the UFC, with all of his losses coming by way of knockout or TKO. From there, he has continued to fight in various smaller promotions, but has still been unable to score a win since besting Soa Palelei in 2015.
Bigfoot Silva Loses Retirement Fight
After suffering yet another knockout loss to Oleg Popov at MMA Series 53, Bigfoot Silva decided to try both kickboxing and boxing, again coming up short in both bouts. He then decided to return to the world of MMA for what he says would be his retirement fight, much to the relief of fans who felt he should have retired long ago.
That apparently final fight came at Kingdom Fighting 1, where he faced off against Salim El Ouassaidi. Although he managed to avoid getting finished, the former UFC fighter still lost a decision in this main event contest, with a clip of the fight being posted to Twitter by Caposa.
Salim El Ouassaidi defeats Bigfoot Silva by decision in the Kingdom Fighting 1 main event. This marks Silva's 11th consecutive loss across four sports stemming back to 2015. pic.twitter.com/TClOcnCEMY
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 10, 2023
After the fight, Silva placed his gloves in the cage and bowed to them, signifying his retirement. He also posted to Instagram to seemingly confirm that this was the end of the fighting chapter of his life.
” Thanks God for everything you do in my professional life.. Done 👍🏾💪🏾👊🏾” wrote Silva, before adding in Portuguese, “Thank God for everything, today say goodbye to MMA after 19 years in a very tough fight with the 25-year-old athlete, we got out in a beating for 3 rounds and in the end he took it by decision. I finish my career very happy for everything I’ve achieved for almost 2 decades, thank first to God, to @alexdavismma @danlambertatt @eliwanderley and @mariosukata for everything they’ve done in my professional life..”
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It should be noted that, while Bigfoot Silva has said this will be his last fight, this is not the first time the Brazilian has said he was hanging up his gloves, only to return to action just a few short months later. Hopefully he will stick to it this time, as there is a serious question to be had about how he is able to constantly be licensed by athletic commissions, despite his record in the last several years.
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