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Rising Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Bruno Silva plans on ending his 2021 campaign with one more knockout.
After impressively recording two knockouts in UFC since his debut in June, Brazilian “Blindado” is scheduled to face another tough out in the middleweight division. At UFC 269 on Dec. 11, Silva (21-6) will take on Jackson-Wink fighter Jordan Wright (12-1). Silva spoke to Sherdog on Thursday shortly after news of the bout surfaced.
“This fight was closed 24 hours after my win over Andrew Sanchez and I’m really excited about that,” Silva admitted. “When I heard he never fought more than six minutes, and saw just one video of him, I immediately said yes.”
Fresh off his Oct. 16 demolition of Andrew Sanchez, the Evolucao Thai fighter has already started his next camp in Curitiba, coordinated by head coach Andre Dida from Florida.
“We have different styles,” Silva noted. “He fights more like Lyoto [Machida], of course he has not even 1/3 of Lyoto’s abilities, but he is a karate guy, taller than [me], but my trainers already studied his fights and found some roles in his game. What I can say is that the fans can wait for an even more aggressive ‘Blindado’ looking for the knockout since the first second.”
With 18 knockouts in his 21 wins, the former M-1 Global champ started to be recognized in the MMA world by earning that belt. In 2018, Silva knocked then-undefeated Russian prospect Artem Frolov out in the fourth round to capture the title and put himself on the UFC’s radar. Although a failed drug test kept him out of action for two years before making his UFC debut, he eventually competed inside the Octagon in 2021. With 15 seconds left in the first round, Silva demolished fellow countryman Wellington Turman, and less than four months later, he dispatched Sanchez to improve his win streak to six in a row.
Wright made his UFC debut in 2020, as an undefeated fighter who first appeared on the second season of Dana White's Contender Series. A quick loss to Anthony Hernandez was later overturned to a no contest due to a failed drug test for Hernandez, and Wright appeared at Legacy Fighting Alliance in 2020 to go to the second round for the first time in his career. That drubbing of Gabriel Checco earned him the UFC contract, and he made good on his first appearance by forcing the doctors to intervene against Isaac Villanueva in 91 seconds. Three months later, he returned to the UFC cage only to get knocked out by Joaquin Buckley in the second round for his first career defeat. “The Beverly Hills Ninja” bounced back in May, putting Jamie Pickett away in 64 seconds to keep his finish rate at 100%.