Exclusive – Bruno Silva Looks To Crack Top-15 Rankings With KO Win Over Alex Pereira At UFC Vegas 50

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 7, 2022
    Bruno Silva

    Streaking former M-1 Global middleweight titleholder, Bruno Silva looks to maintain his undefeated UFC record this weekend at UFC Vegas 50 – and by proxy, crack the division top-15 with a knockout victory against compatriot, decorated kickboxer, Alex Pereira in a mouth-watering showcase.

    Silva, who has so far managed to land three victories since his transition to the UFC back in June of last year, most recently stopped Jordan Wright with a rather one-sided knockout just beyond a minute into their UFC 269 clash in December, The stoppage win, which came as Silva’s third consecutively inside the Octagon – also notched him his post-fight bonus.

    The Paraiba native has been chomping at the bit to land himself a top-15 opponent since his knockout win over Wright, however, a contender boasting such a ranking has so far alluded the Brazilian.

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    However, despite that, Silva draws a massive test on Saturday as part of an eye-catching UFC Vegas 50 card in the form of former two-weight GLORY Kickboxing kingpin, fellow Brazil native, Pereira.

    The steely Sao Paulo striker made his long-awaited Octagon bow back in November at Madison Square Garden – landing a Knockout of the Year contender courtesy of a second round flying knee knockout over Andreas Michailidis. 

    Speaking with Current MMA reporter, Bradley Hall ahead of his fourth UFC bout this weekend, Silva, who has lodged a staggering 19 knockout victories from 22 total, insisted it was mostly business as usual against Pereira – whom he expects to catapult him to the promotion’s top-15 rankings with a knockout win.

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    “I like these (type of) fights,” Bruno Silva said. “I like the pressure. And I grow it in – I’m ready to go get the knockout (against Alex Pereira). If I win this fight, I deserve to be among the top-15 in the UFC (middleweight division).” 

    Whilst many have been left awestruck off the back of Pereira’s knockout over Michailidis – paired with his exploits under the GLORY banner, Silva maintains that the 34-year-old striking sensation does not bring anything to the Octagon that he has not seen before.

    “He’s (Alex Pereira) an excellent fighter, but I wasn’t impressed at all,” Bruno Silva said. “I’ve seen everything in MMA. It’s rare for something to impress me. With every fight – with every performance I’ve been growing as an athlete. I word hard every day.” 

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    Boating a seven-fight winning run ahead of UFC Vegas 50, Silva made massive waves under the aforenoted M-1 Global banner – stopping veteran finisher, Alexander Shlemenko, before clinching the promotion’s middleweight crown with a win over champion, Artem Frolov. 

    Prior to his knockout win over Wright in December, Silva eventually stopped The Ultimate Fighter 23 victor, Andrew Sanchez – following a debut win over recent UFC Vegas 49 winner, Wellington Turman. 

    UFC Vegas 50 takes place on March 12. from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada – with a light heavyweight showdown between one-time title challenger, the #5 ranked, Thiago Santos, and the streaking #6 rated contender, Magomed Ankalaev booked to take main event status.