Antonio Silva: Why did his UFC career suddenly go downhill and is he planning a comeback?

The last decade hasn’t been kind to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who went from being a fearsome heavyweight behemoth to a struggling giant. A lesser-known wrestler named Daniel Cormier dominated him and it all went downhill from there. Silva went 3-10-1 in MMA after 2012, with 9 of those losses coming via KO/TKO.

Silva said, “I am very anxious after a few years away. I am motivated, happy to arrive on the 13th of June to return to MMA, against a guy who has six fights, who is very strong.

“It was the career that launched me on the martial art scene, so I have a great love. New opportunities appeared, but as soon as it was MMA, I already thought it was time (to return).

“I had my first fight in 2004. I have a feeling for MMA, so it’s quick to pick up. I’m 300% focused to get back.”

“(The problem) was here (in the head). From 2014 onwards, my life went downhill, not only in my professional life but also in my personal life. Personal things I did that influenced my professional life,” Silva said.

“At the time I thought I was right, I didn’t see the error and this is a snowball. You reap what you sow. I made a big change. I wish I had this head and this personal life for years. Surely now it is a ‘Pezao’ from ten years ago that will return.

“I had to fall several times to see where I went wrong. Falling is important, but the most important thing is to get up and, thank God, I managed.”

We doubt that Silva will be able to turn back the clock as he hopes at 41 years old, that too with so much damage done.

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