BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil -- Elias Silverio took on Joao Zeferino on short notice at UFC Fight Night 28 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and moved to 9-0 in MMA with a unanimous decision victory. Excited to be part of the UFC roster, Silverio plans to drop to the 155 pound division for his next bout.
"UFC called me a month before the fight, and Zeferino made his UFC debut the same way," Silverio said after the win. "But I was well prepared to win. I never entered a ring so happy like this time, I had to win this fight. I had this opportunity at 170, but I’ll think about it. I want to go to the doctor to check if I can drop to 155. Normally, I weigh around 185."
"This is the like World Cup of MMA, this is where everybody wants to be," he said. "It was like a dream coming true for me. I went to HSBC Arena (in Rio) to watch UFC 163 and I started looking to the event with other eyes, dreaming that one day I’d be there. Then I got the call from the UFC. I always trained with a goal in my mind to be the UFC champion, even before I signed with the UFC."
A former champion of Jungle Fight, Silverio made his first fight inside the Octagon two years after his MMA debut, and he wants to become an idol in Brazil.
"There are a lot of great guys in the UFC, and now I’m here," he said. "Everything was new to me. I saw Bigfoot (Silva), Lyoto (Machida) in the hotel and thought ‘wow, this is so cool’. And I believe in the future people will see me this way."