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Vitaly Minakov vs. ‘Bigfoot' Silva set for Fight Nights Global in Russia

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Antonio Silva (Wagner Carmo, Inovafoto) Wagner Carmo, Inovafoto

A heavyweight clash between Vitaly Minakov and Antonio Silva is set for Fight Nights Global in St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 2. The promotion announced the fight on Tuesday.

Minakov (19-0) recently scored his fifth straight stoppage victory since leaving Bellator in 2014, stopping DJ Linderman in the third round. The former Bellator heavyweight champion survived an early scare to add the 10th knockout win to his resume.

Silva (19-11, 1 NC) competed for the last time in November, his first bout since leaving the UFC, and lost a close decision to Ivan Shtyrkov after a back and forth battle in Russia. “Bigfoot" desperately needs a victory after winning only three of his last 13 fights.