UFC middleweight Bruno Silva made a grand entrance in his debut — disposing of his opponent in the very first round. ‘Blindado’ plans on utilizing his kill or die style to his advantage once again at UFC Vegas 40.
In this interview with Silva, he shares how he intends to beat Andrew Sanchez on Oct. 16, why opponents shouldn’t underestimate his grappling, what separates him from the other fighters in his division, and more.
With 17 knockouts on his record, ‘Blindado’ entered the UFC this past summer with a reputation of being a knockout artist. The 32-year-old lived up to the hype in his debut against Wellington Thurman and he envisions that narrative continuing as he progresses through his career.
Bruno Silva Interview
“I want to finish every fight,” he said. “That’s my kill or die style. I don’t care about the score or anything like that, I just want to finish the fight at all costs.”
Silva takes on Sanchez at UFC Vegas 40, and both men own opening round stoppages over Thurman. Yet, Sanchez has nearly 10 times the amount of UFC experience. Still, Silva likes his chances of keeping his momentum rolling.
“I’m always ready and motivated,” the middleweight replied. “I have a kit of weapons to knock him out and you can assure it will be a great fight.”
Bruno Silva is an impressive 14-1 with 12 knockouts since 2013. During that span, he worked his way to become the M-1 Global middleweight champion. All of his success inside the cage yields his confidence that he can one day become a champion in the UFC.
“I will be champion one day because I work a lot,” Silva began, “I’m training all areas constantly and I train a lot in the mental part too. I took the cruelest path for a fighter to be champion in Russia. And I don’t talk nonsense thinking I’m a God like many of today’s generation. I’m going to fight and I’m going to work to be champion, you bet.”
Don’t Underestimate Silva’s Ground Game
‘Blindado’ isn’t just a striker who abides by a knockout or fail approach. Rather, he is more than capable of holding his own once a fight hits the mat. That includes ground and pound as well as submission attempts and submission defense.
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“I’m a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu,” Silva confirmed. “I train a lot. Actually, I train more Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling than I do boxing. But the more I train in other areas, the more dangerous I become in the standing.”
Silva is hoping to really make his mark on the middleweight division by finishing a veteran in Sanchez at UFC Vegas 40. His kill or die fight style is fan-friendly, to say the least, so make sure to be in front of your television when he performs.
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Ryan Truland is an MMA writer who conducts interviews with athletes, provides creative pieces, and whatever else is needed to keep readers up to date on the latest and greatest MMA news.