Set for Quick Return at UFC 269, Bruno Silva Recounts Challenging Path to the Octagon
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After two impressive victories in the UFC middleweight division, former M-1 champion Bruno Silva is expected to return to the Octagon in less than two months.
In an interview with Sherdog.com, Silva revealed that UFC matches called his coach after his victory in UFC Fight Night 195.
“My original plan was to come back next year, but when my manager called me the next day with a very interesting proposal to fight [at UFC 269] “In December, I agreed immediately,” said Silva.
Silva has planned to sign his contract for the match on Wednesday, but could not reveal the name of his opponent.
“He is not yet in the top 15 in the middleweight division, but I accepted the offer immediately because he is a great opponent. He is taller than me and he likes to stand and hit and not stop racing. “I have no doubt it will be another fun match for the fans,” said Silva.
Silva believes that his last victory over Andrew Sanchez was another great moment in his career, especially considering the circumstances of the match. Silva fell two laps and absorbed a low hit in the third turn before the rally was stopped at 2:35 of the period.
“The third relaxation was really hard and clearly intentional,” Silva said. “I thought to myself, ‘Does this dog want to castrate me?’ “My corner told me I missed the first two rounds. I could have stopped and taken advantage of the rules like many others, but they are not who I am. I’m fighting for the knockout. I knew he was broken and five minutes of rest was what he wanted, so even though I was in pain, I decided to finish the job. “Faced with such severe adversity, my spirit became stronger for future wars.”
Silva coach Andre Dida, the leader of Evolucao Thai, recently moved to Florida to open the first US gym branch this month. Silva will train for the third UFC match in Paran., Brazil, with the team’s new coach, former Pride fighter Daniel Daniel Acacio.
“Daniel has a very similar style to me. “Besides, we have a lot of great fights there,” said Silva.
Silva said he has a plan to eventually win a title after a difficult run to the UFC.
“I faced the worst possible path for a fighter, fighting much more experienced opponents in the northeast [Brazil] events in the beginning, “he said. “Later I tried myself in the most dreaded MMA market, Russia, and conquered the M-1 Global belt. After everything I have been through, I can not rush. By the end of 2022 I want to be in the Top 10 “.
Born and raised in little Cajazeira (between the states of Paraíba and Ceará), in a very poor part of northeastern Brazil, Bruno had to walk a very difficult path.
“Man, I started training in a public square in Cajazeiras,” he said. “My physical training was to push a friend’s car. One day the police called and wanted to arrest me. I looked at them and said, “Have you seen anyone trying to rob a car by pushing it?” “I’m just a crazy MMA fighter.” They just smiled and allowed me to continue training. “
And because of the battle with much more experienced opponents in small northeastern Brazilian events, such as the Campina Show, Ceara Fighters, Camaragibe Fights, Carpina FC and Xoperia Fight, Silva got the nickname “Blindado”, which means “armored”. .
“I got this nickname after I almost got into a fight with a man [60 pounds] “He hit me harder than I. he hit me badly for almost 10 minutes, but I survived and I was able to knock him out until the end of the second round”, said Silva.
Silva initially did not like the nickname, but today he is so proud of the surname he gave it to his young daughter, Laura Blindado Silva, as a middle name.
“It’s my pride and my joy. “Everything I fight for, as well as the strong name I gave her, is to make her always remember where her dad came from,” she said.
Silva’s tough reputation earned him an invitation to “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” in 2014, but as a heavyweight. Coincidentally, former UFC welterweight champion Paulo Costa was also involved in that season of the show. Bruno tied the finalist Vitor Mirando in his first qualifying match. He eventually suffered the only knockout loss of his career in the second round, but still impressed the idol of Wanderlei Silva and his coach, Dida, with his performance.
“When I saw this guy coming from Paraiba, without a background, hitting one of the best Brazilian strikers at the time, I knew he was special and I invited him to come to Curitiba,” Dida said.
With the support of one of Brazil’s best teams, the talented “Blindado” evolved rapidly, proving his coach four years later winning the M-1 belt with a TKO victory over the favored Artem Folov.
“I lived in the golden age of Chute Boxe and I can say I see a lot of Wanderlei Silva in Blindado,” Dida said. “To tell you the truth, from what I’ve seen from this guy over the last six years, on a scale of 1 to 10, I can say he was only 4 in the UFC. In addition to great heart and talent, he works very hard. I really believe that this guy in two years can be a middleweight champion “.