UFC heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will go back under the knife and on an operating table Tuesday, having surgery to remove a pituitary gland tumor.
The planned operation was first reported by MMAFighting.com. Silva (18-6) is coming off a first round knockout loss to Andrei Arlovski earlier this month.
“I should leave the hospital (next) Monday,” Silva said.
After finishes of Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem, Silva earned himself a shot at the UFC heavyweight title. However, he was stopped in the first round by Cain Velasquez and has not tasted victory since.
Last December, the Brazilian returned to the Octagon to meet Mark Hunt. The five-round main event in Australia was declared a draw, but a failed drug test resulted in the bout being ruled a no-contest. Silva had previously been given approval for TRT, but his levels were too elevated for the Hunt contest.