Bruno Silva
Blindado

Brazil

Taking on Andrew Sanchez
MiddleweightUFC
August 24, 2021
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.
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Cruises in UFC debut
MiddleweightUFC
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
MiddleweightUFC
March 22, 2021
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.
Receives two-year suspension
MiddleweightUFC
January 9, 2020
Silva received a two-year suspension from the USADA on Thursday for a failed drug test, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Silva was forced to withdraw from his UFC debut scheduled for June of 2019 due to testing positive for a steroid, and he'll now be sidelined for two years as a result of the failed test. Silva still maintains his innocence and said that he will fight to prove it, although he didn't elaborate on details. If the suspension is upheld, Silva won't be eligible to return until he's nearly 32 years old.
Withdraws due to positive drug test
MiddleweightUFC
June 21, 2019
Silva's withdrawal from the UFC Greenville card Friday was due to a positive out-of-competition drug test that returned positive for a banned substance, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Silva marked the second opponent of Derin Winn's to withdraw from the card, though a third was found in the form of Eric Spicely. No announcement of a suspension has occurred to date and Silva is reportedly working to clear his name of any wrongdoing. For the time being, Silva's next bout opportunity will be put on hold.