M-1 Challenge Middleweight Champion Bruno Silva Signs with UFC
By: Natalie Zamudio May 22, 2019
Brazilian middleweight Bruno Silva
has just relinquished his M-1
Challenge championship belt to sign with the
Ultimate Fighting Championship. Silva's move comes off the
heels of last year's UFC and M-1 Global announcement to form UFC
Russia, a collaboration that would open the door for M-1 athletes
to seamlessly transition over to the UFC.
With this signing, Silva has now achieved two of his most
significant MMA goals: winning a championship and joining the UFC.
"I just signed with the UFC," exclaimed Silva in an M-1 Global
press release. "I am very happy, and I want to thank M-1 Global
president Vadim Finkelchtein. You have all my gratitude and
respect. I also want to thank Lusen and Adrian Bakos, our partners
in Russia, who walked side-by-side with us. Thank you to everyone
in Russia who supported me and always treated me well. I love
Russia and M-1. They changed my life. You have all my respect and
gratitude. Russia and M-1, I love you."
"Blindado" owns an overall 19-6 MMA record, with his M-1 showing
pristine at 2-0. Silva made waves in his M-1 debut when he punched
his way to victory over Russia's Alexander
Shlemenko by way of first-round knockout.
Silva, 29, impressed once again last November when he challenged
Frolov for the M-1 Challenge middleweight title and earned a
fourth-round TKO victory. Silva touches down in the Octagon to face
Winn (5-0) on June 22 for
UFC Fight Night 154 in Greenville, South Carolina.