“(Nam) has to be careful about everything: kicks, right hands, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, everything,” Silva said.
Before Silva got his win over Buys, he had lost twice in a row to Tagir Ulankbekov and David Dvorak, in addition to a no contest against Khalid Taha. Taking inspiration from former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, Silva sees a lot of similarities between him and his compatriot, and he’s proud of his current career, despite any obstacles he may have faced.
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“I’m definitely happier,” Silva said. “Being here is already a dream come true. Everything I went through, I had three performances that weren’t that great. I even thought that I would be released. I came back and won two bonuses. I live my dream.
And, of course, earning an extra $50,000 isn’t bad motivation to get back to doing what you love and getting back inside the Octagon. It may have given Silva a little extra boost he needed, and he’s happier than ever to be back.
He’s here to deliver a message to the flyweight division with a win on Saturday night.
“I’m going top 15 or even top 10,” Silva said. Watch out guys, I’m coming! Everyone, pay attention. “I get knocked out in the first round, mark my words.”