ByDanny Segura, writer at
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Antonio "Big Foot" Silva is no longer a UFC fighter.

The 37-year-old heavyweight has parted ways with the UFC after reaching a mutual agreement with the promotion. "Big Foot" is already in contact with other promotions, but he's not sure where he'll go next, as reported by Brazilian news outlet, Combate.

Silva is currently 1-6, with one no contest in his last eight trips to the Octagon. In all those six loses, the Brazilian fighter was beaten either by knockout or technical knockout. In his last outing, he lost via second-round knockout to Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 95 this past September.

Although "BigFoot" is currently in the midst of a disappointing slump, the Brazilian legend has had a very accomplished MMA career with the kind of memorable fights all MMA athletes aspire to log into their own records.

Silva was a mainstay of the UFC's heavyweight roster for the last four-plus years, logging 11 fights in total, five of those being main event headliners. Silva also challenged for the heavyweight title when he fought at UFC 160.

Legions of fans believe his most memorable moment with the organization came during his performance at UFC 156. That night, Silva earned an extra $50,000 performance bonus for his incredible knockout of perennial Top 10 contender, .

Overeem was on a 12-fight fight unbeaten streak, and was coming off a devastating win over former UFC champion, Brock Lesnar, however, that didn't discourage Silva from his task. Many expected Overeem to run through him, but that wasn't the case.

During their bout, Silva took some heavy shots from Overeem in the opening rounds, only to come back in the third, stopping the Dutchman with a titanic knockout. The sound of fans chanting "Big Foot" combined with the heavy-handed Brazilian standing over an unconscious Overeem while the referee tried to hold him back will always remain one of, if not the best highlights of his career.

Apart from his victory over Overeem, Silva holds notable wins over Fedor Emelianenko, Travis Browne, Andrei Arlovski and Ricco Rodriguez.


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