Middleweight forward Bruno Silva is set to resume his rise to the top 15 in the division. After an uphill battle and a unanimous decision loss to former GLORY champion Alex Pereira, “Blindado” hopes to bounce back with an impressive finish in August.
Paired with grappling specialist Gerald Meerschaert, the Brazilian appears to be gearing up for a classic clash of styles, where he hopes his strike will prevail. Although Silva claims his opponent is not the cleanest striker he has ever faced in the Octagon, Blindado is aware that there is no such thing as an easy fight.
In an interview with Combate, Silva explained what he expects from the battle and how he plans to handle the awkwardness of GM3.
“I watched some of his fights. I’m not a big band watcher, but I’m starting to do that sometimes. I watched three of his fights. I’ve already seen him fight live twice. He has excellent jiu-jitsu, above average. He’s not a wrestling specialist, but he knows how to take you down. When he is on top, he goes for it. I think he’s slow, but he’s a weird guy. It takes damage and moves forward. He is dangerous.
Although his next fight is not scheduled until August, Silva revealed that he intends to fight three more times this year, if possible. To achieve the goal, Bruno says he is ready to fight on short notice, provided he is not seriously injured.
“I think the UFC likes my style. I can’t say ‘no’. This will be my fifth fight (UFC). My goal was to do five in a year, but I’ve been booked for the month I wanted to fight in June or July. This is my fifth fight, but I wish I could have fought more. I took fights to cover injured guys, but the opponents did not accept it I’m always ready I’m a business man I try to be a straight guy, who doesn’t turn down fights or make excuses for injuries The only reason I won’t fight , it’s if I have an extremely serious injury. If it’s a minor injury, I will still fight.
Prior to his loss to Pereira, Silva (22-6) was on a three-fight winning streak over Jordan Wright, Andrew Sanchez and Welington Turman, with all wins coming by way of knockout. The 32-year-old’s last defeat dates back to December 2016.
Silva is set to face Meerschaert at UFC Fight Night 213. An official location and headliner for the card has yet to be determined by the promotion.