Antônio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva is an MMA veteran, but he feels like a young rising star now. His fight against Brett Martin, at Taura 11, on October 30, in Kissimmee, FL, will be his first bout since June 2017, when he faced Vitaly Minakov at Fight Nights Global. The 41-year-old wants to return to his BJJ roots and surprise ‘Big Dog’ on the ground.
“I’ve seen some of Brett Martin’s fights, he is very explosive and likes to take the opponents down. ‘Big Dog’ has a very strong ground and pound and is a very good striker too, so I’m doing my training very specifically to improve my agility to avoid takedowns. Possibly, I should try to take him down too, because I’m a black belt in jiu-jitsu, so I’ll be comfortable on the ground”,
“I want to come back in style after three years without fighting MMA. I’m missing MMA so much and I’m hungry for fighting, so I’m very sure that at the end of the fight I’ll get my arm raised. I respect Brett too much. He’s a prospect who comes from five consecutive wins, but I’m going to do my best and I’m sure I will stop his winning streak. Wait and see: on October 30, it’s going get real bad for him”, he said.
Tickets for Taura MMA 11 start at just $35 (for two seats) and are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. 1,800 tickets will be sold, according to the rules of social distance, with the Silver Spurs Arena set to hold 15,000 fans.
Taura 11 card includes:
Light heavyweight title | Richardson Moreira (C) vs. Jonathan Wilson
Heavyweight | Antônio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva vs. Brett Martin
Heavyweight | Guto Inocente vs. DJ Linderman