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Bigfoot Silva Goes Under The Knife, Out Until 2012

At least he’ll be able to enjoy the holidays.

Tatame reports that Strikeforce heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has undergone arthroscopic surgery today in order to repair a shoulder injury that he suffered in September during his Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix semi-finals match against Daniel Cormier.

Bigfoot is expected to be shelved for at least six weeks, meaning that a return to action for the 32-year-old won’t come until 2012. Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, told Tatame that he hopes his charge will be brought into the UFC upon his return.

“I hope that, meanwhile, Strikeforce decides its future and that Bigfoot can come with all his power to the UFC,” said Davis.

A recent transplant from American Top Team in Florida to Team Nogueira in his native Brazil, Antonio Silva has compiled a record of 16-3 as a professional. He holds notable wins over Ricco Rodriguez, Mike Kyle, Andrei Arlovski and Fedor Emelianenko. He most recently appeared in action this past September at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov, where he lost to rising star and former U.S. Olympian Daniel Cormier via first-round knockout.