Former M-1 Global middleweight kingpin, Bruno ‘Blindado’ Silva has certainly laid out his intentions for his run within the UFC’s ranks at 185lbs — eyeing future matchups with former division champion, Robert Whittaker and one-time interim title chaser, Kelvin Gastelum.
Silva, who boasts a 20-6 professional record, landed in the Octagon back in June at UFC Vegas 29 at the UFC Apex facility — lodging his fifth consecutive victory via an opening round ground strikes knockout victory over compatriot, Wellington Turman.
The 32-year-old is slated to make his second UFC walk this weekend at UFC Vegas 40 — taking on The Ultimate Fighter 23 victor, Andrew Sanchez in a featured preliminary card middleweight matchup.
Silva, who earned the M-1 Global middleweight crown back in November 2018, stopped Artem Frolov with strikes in the fourth round, extending his winning spree in the promotion to two fights following a real notable victory over the storied sport veteran, Alexander Shlemenko at M-1 Challenge 93.
Speaking with Current MMA reporter, Bradley Hall ahead of his second UFC appearance this weekend against Sanchez, Silva explained that despite the platform against the TUF victor, Sanchez won’t come close to the toughest test of his career to date — holding his victory over Shlemenko close to his heart.
“There are other events in the world it’s not just UFC. In Brazil, I fought much tougher guys,” Silva said. “I was champion in Russia. I’m the first Brazilian champion in the M-1 Global event. I knocked out (Alexander) Shlemenko, one of the toughest middleweights in the world. Andrew Sanchez has his merits for being a TUF champion and I respect him, but he’s not the hardest I’ve ever fought.”
As far as the method of victory against Sanchez, Silva is confident of retaining his 100 percent finish rate in the promotion — whether that comes via a knockout or submission success.
“I get the knockout and if I fall to the ground, I also have Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,” Silva said. “I want it to be a great fight for the audience. I’m a fighter who hates to fight for the points. I come in to kill or die. I don’t care what the round will be, I just want to finish the fight and in this fight, it won’t be different.”
Despite still approaching just his second fight in the UFC, Silva has outlined his intentions to share the Octagon with the likes of the aforenoted, Whittaker and Gastelum in the future.
“Robert Whittaker and (Kelvin) Gastelum, they are striking fighters and they are one of the few that I admire in my division,” Silva replied when asked about any potential dream matchups. “I have a lot of respect and admiration for them. And I want to fight (them) one day because I know it will be a show for the UFC.”
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