Bruno Silva is by no means neglecting his UFC Vegas 40 opponent, Andrew Sanchez, but looks forward to celebrating his victory again alongside UFC announcer Bruce Buffer.
“Blindado” admits he had a bit of octagonal nervousness ahead of his promotional debut in June, though he didn’t feel any extra “pressure” when he fought – and beat – fellow Brazilian Wellington Turman by knockout in the first round. With that out of the way, he vows to do even better.
“Nothing was new to me since I had fought in Russia before, I had been through it all before,” Silva said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “The only difference was the name of the promotion. [But] it was a dream come true for me, being in the biggest promotion in the world, dreaming of that moment for 12 years, with Bruce Buffer calling my name, that emotion… it affected me. That, and being sidelined for two years.
Silva, a former U-1 middleweight champion who was forced to wait a few years before making his UFC debut due to a failed USADA drug test, said: ” My head was back in place two minutes after the start of the fight and I knocked out Turman. “
In seventh heaven with his first UFC victory under his belt, Silva couldn’t help but dance all over the octagon with his teammates. This contagious celebration only ended moments before Buffer announced the official result, with Buffer joining him for a few moments of glee.
“Man, that was fantastic,” Silva said of dancing with Buffer during his post-fight celebration. “I hope to dance more with him there.”
“I had not fought for two years, there were a lot of feelings of happiness and emotions that affected me in Turman’s fight, but there is nothing new anymore,” he said. he continued. “I went through it all, I enjoyed this moment, so my head is focused and I’m ready to turn off another in there.”
Silva revealed he almost had his second UFC in July as a short-term replacement, but the quick turnaround ultimately didn’t materialize. Open for another fight in the UFC’s final card of the year on December 18 to become “Employee of the Year” in 2021, “Blindado” is all about beating Sanchez for now.
“He moves a lot, has good takedowns, but he’s not lethal,” said Silva. “He’s not a specialist in any area, like a knockout artist, a submission ace, a smothering wrestler… He knows everything but is nothing good or dangerous. A fight is a fight and it’s just theory and what you can see, of course, but I’m pretty confident in my job.
“We can’t promise anything in a fight, but I’ll do whatever I can to knock him out. One thing I never promise is what trick [I’ll win] because I never care about the rounds. I don’t know how to score points. I am not fighting to score points, I am fighting for the finish. Either he’ll finish me off, or I’ll finish him off. I don’t like to go out there and say to myself, oh, I’m gonna win this round and this round. F * ck this score of sh * t points. I don’t work as a math teacher. I just want the right time. I see his performance drop in the second round and I became champion of Russia by fighting four rounds.
Silva is 5-0 since 2017 with five knockouts, including saves against Alexander Shlemenko and Artem Frolov in Russia, and is hoping to make a statement at UFC Vegas 40 on his way to the 185-pound championship.
“I like to work hard and win things,” said Silva. “If I get to the belt with five wins, so much the better. If I get there with 10 fights, great too. I will get to the belt by working hard, but also enjoying the process. You gain so much experience when you fight so many different guys and take on different fighting styles, you build your name in the promotion. I want to do that in the UFC, have at least five wins before I reach the belt. I want [to win the belt] by 2023, the summits.