Former UFC heavyweight, Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva who had suffered eight of his last ten fights, seven of those by way of KO, talking about retirement but believes 2018 will be his “comeback year.”
Despite a bad run from past few years and health concerns, Antonio Silva told Ag Fight that he isn’t ready to hang up the gloves just yet and hope to run the gym after retirement:
“One thing nobody wants to think about is retirement, but that’s a part of every fighter’s life,” Bigfoot told AG Fight (via BloodyElbow). “I think about fighting for two more years, but I still want to be involved with martial arts when I retire. I still want to do what I love. I want to open a jiu-jitsu gym. I’ve always wanted to work with children and feel that good energy. Of course I also want to work with adults, but only amateurs. I don’t want to train any professional MMA fighters. In the future, as one thing leads to another, I might start doing it. For now, I just want to put my gi on and teach some jiu-jitsu classes.”
Recently, Silva underwent Knee surgery for torn ACL and said he needs another two months break to heal before he can clear to return to Octagon fully. Silva is not limited to fighting for the Russian Fight Nights organization but open to fighting in other organization as well.
“I’m still in Russia. I’ve signed a four-fight contract. I believe I should be back in November. I had surgery on my knee and I’ll have to sit out until May. I’ll need some time to get back in shape and for my knee to get strong again. Some other promotions have called me and they want me to fight in August. We’ve talking about it to see if we can work something out. My contract allows me to fight for other promotions.”
“I’ve had great moments and now I’m going through some hard times, but I’m sure I’ll get back on the horse. I’ve been having a blessed 2018. God has given me a son and my surgery was a sucess and I’m recuperating greatly. So I believe 2018 will be comeback year”.
In Antonio Silva’s opinion, he could be back in action as early as August.
Silva’s last win came at UFC 190 when he knocked out Soa Palelei in the second round back in August 2015 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Do you think he should make a comeback despite the big list of losses?