Alex da Silva
Leko

Brazil

Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 6/1/2021
Out due to knee injury
LightweightUFC
Out
January 31, 2021
Da Silva was forced to withdraw from his upcoming Feb. 6 fight against Devonte Smith due to a knee injury, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Da Silva reportedly suffered an LCL injury which will force him to be sidelined from training for eight weeks. It's unclear how exactly he suffered the injury but he'll be out for quite a while. In the meantime, the UFC is in the process of searching for a new opponent to take Da Silva's place and they surely aren't wasting any time with the event set to take place in six days.
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Withdraws from upcoming fight
LightweightUFC
Out
January 30, 2021
Da Silva withdrew from his upcoming Feb. 6 fight against Devonte Smith on Saturday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The reason for da Silva's withdrawal is not yet clear. With the withdrawal coming just a week before the fight was set to take place, there isn't much time for a replacement to be found, though the UFC is reportedly trying to keep Smith on the card.
Booked for February matchup
LightweightUFC
Out
December 23, 2020
Da Silva will face Devonte Smith (Achilles) in a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 6, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Da Silva made his return to the Octagon in September after a layoff that lasted over 400 days, but he lost to Brad Riddell via unanimous decision at UFC 253. He'll look to bounce back against Smith, who underwent surgery in November of 2019 to repair a torn Achilles' tendon and hasn't fought since. He most recently fought in August of 2019, losing to Khama Worthy via TKO (punches) at UFC 241 despite entering the matchup as a (-1000) favorite. Da Silva has an edge in height, but Smith carries an advantage in reach.
Falls in return from long layoff
LightweightUFC
Out
September 26, 2020
Da Silva lost to Brad Riddell via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 253 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Da Silva's first fight in over 400 days started well. He scored three takedowns in Round 1 and consistently out-muscled his opponent at the point of attack. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, he slowed considerably as the fight progressed, and Riddell regained the momentum and cruised to the clear cut decision. While this was a discouraging effort, Da Silva has a bright future. He won't be turning 25 years of age until next February, and he possesses a solid all-around game. He just needs additional reps inside the Octagon, and he got those Saturday. Da Silva remains a prime potential breakout candidate in 2021 despite this setback.
Second UFC fight set
LightweightUFC
Out
August 18, 2020
Da Silva will face Brad Riddell in a lightweight matchup at UFC 253 on September 26, MMAFighting.com reports
ANALYSIS
Da Silva is coming off his first UFC win back in August against Rodrigo Vargas. He was supposed to fight again in April, but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Look for da Silva to utilize a takedown-heavy approach against Riddell, who has been taken down 11 times in two UFC fights (despite getting wins in both). Da Silva averages 2.59 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time, but has accumulated only 25 significant strikes in his two UFC fights -- a mark that's especially poor considering one of them went the distance.
Fighting again in April
LightweightUFC
Out
January 21, 2020
Da Silva will take on Tristan Connelly at an unannounced location on April 11, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Both fighters are looking for their second UFC win. Da Silva bounced back from a debut loss against Alexander Yakovlev in April by beating Rodrigo Vargas by unanimous decision in August. Connelly won his only UFC fight to date, beating Michel Perreira by unanimous decision in September.