A.K.A: “Big Foot”
Place of Birth: Brasilia, Brazil
Antonio Silva is the first and last EliteXC heavyweight champion. Silva has huge power and very good bjj skills. He suffers from a condition called Acromegaly, which causes the enlargement of facial and body features because of a tumor in his pituitary gland.
Silva KO’d six of his first seven opponents within the first round and defeated former UFC champion Ricco Rodriguez in his last fight at EliteXC: Street Certified. He went on to win the EliteXC Heavyweight title with a second round TKO over former UFC veteran Justin Eilers. Silva later tested positive after the fight with Eilers for the anabolic steroid Boldenone, was suspended for 1 year by the California State Athletic Commission.
He now fights for Strikeforce, where he is a top contender in their heavyweight division. He scored the biggest win of his career in the opening round of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix heavyweight tournament when he defeated Fedor Emelianenko via TKO.
MAJOR TITLES WON: EliteXC Heavyweight Championship (first and last), Cage Rage World Heavyweight Championship (last), Cage Warriors Super Heavyweight Championship
NOTABLE VICTORIES: Fedor Emelianenko, Mike Kyle, Andrei Arlovski, Justin Eilers, Ricco Rodriguez, Wesley Correira
NOTABLE LOSSES: Fabricio Werdum, Eric Pele