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 Artem Frolov for the M-1 Challenge middleweight title and earned a fourth-round TKO victory. Silva touches down in the Octagon to face Deron Winn (5-0) on June 22 for UFC Fight Night 154 in Greenville, South Carolina.

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