Bruno Silva

Blindado

Brazil

Taking on Jordan Wright
MiddleweightUFC
November 3, 2021
Silva will face Jordan Wright in a middleweight bout at UFC 269 on Dec. 11, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Silva defeated Andrew Sanchez via TKO (punches) Oct. 16 and is 2-0 since making his UFC debut over the summer against Wellington Thurman. Wright was scheduled to face Julian Marquez at the same October event, but the bout was called off, so he hasn't been in the Octagon since defeating Jamie Pickett via TKO (punches) in 64 seconds at UFC 262 in May.
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Silva defeated Andrew Sanchez via TKO (punches) at 2:35 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It didn't come easy for Silva and was a far cry from his dominant knockout victory over Wellington Turman in his UFC debut this past June. A heavy-handed knockout artist, Silva found himself in dire straits due to some less-than-stellar takedown defense. Silva allowed seven successful takedowns over the course of the first ten minutes, but Sanchez allowed him back in the fight due to repeated low blows. The final one early in Round 3 cost Sanchez a point and allowed Silva to catch his breath, ultimately giving the Brazilian a second wind. The combination that ended the fight was a thing of beauty, and the comeback effort earned him one of four $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses. Silva's striking skills aren't in question. The power is entirely legitimate. The issue for Silva will be in the grappling department. If he can make some improvement in that area, there is clear potential here.
Taking on Andrew Sanchez
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Silva will fight Andrew Sanchez at the Oct. 16 UFC event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Silva won his UFC debut back in June with a KO (punches) over Wellington Turman. The 32-year-old Silva will now look to move to 2-0 with the company, although he has a slight height disadvantage against Sanchez.
Cruises in UFC debut
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June 19, 2021
Silva defeated Wellington Turman via KO (punches) at 4:45 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Silva's UFC debut was a long time coming. He was originally scheduled to arrive on the scene in the summer of 2019, but a failed drug test led to a two-year suspension. As a result, this was his first bout since November 2018. You wouldn't know he missed so much time. Silva found himself in top position following a back-and-forth Round 1 and proceeded to rain down vicious, unanswered bombs upon Turman. Turman's poor defense definitely contributed to the result, but Silva -- who has racked up 17 career knockout wins -- looked excellent. Expect the soon-to-be 32-year-old Brazilian to look to get back into the Octagon immediately considering all the time he missed.
New debut date booked
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Silva (suspension) is scheduled to take on Wellington Turman in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for June 19, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Silva was originally scheduled to make his debut in the summer of 2019, but was forced to withdraw due to a positive drug test and ended up serving a two-year suspension after an independent arbitrator upheld the ruling. As a result, Silva hasn't competed since a May 2018 victory over Artem Frolov under the banner of M-1 Challenge to become the promotion's middleweight champion. Silva now draws a fighter seven years younger, who is 1-2 under the UFC banner -- most recently losing to Andrew Sanchez via stoppage in August.
Suspension upheld
MiddleweightUFC
June 22, 2020
The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced Monday that Silva will serve a two-year suspension after an independent arbitrator upheld the ban, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
As a result of the ruling, "Blindado" won't be able to make his UFC debut until June 14, 2021 following his positive test last May for the anabolic steroid boldenone and its metabolite. Before the positive test surfaced and he was forced to withdraw, Silva had been scheduled to make his promotional debut last June in a middleweight fight with Deron Winn. The Brazilian fighter owns a 19-6-0 record in professional MMA competition.