This time, it took the Curitiba, Brazil native nearly 13 minutes, but it was his most memorable finish to date.
Silva and Gordon engaged in a back-and-forth scrap that rocked the house at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum before Silva got the nod, earning the knockout victory at 2:39 of the final round.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve fought,” Silva (11-1) said through an interpreter. “I had a tough time in the first round but I hung in and I managed to win.”
the man has a family, Joaquim Silva... pic.twitter.com/DDo0TIAfAX— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 16, 2018
Gordon had his best round in the first, swarming him at the outset and dominating the bulk of the round both standing and on the fight. In the round’s closing seconds, though, Silva landed an uppercut and followed with a knee to the jaw, indicating that we were in for a wild one.
The pace didn’t slow in the second, as both competitors had their moments, but Silva again finished strong with multiple submission attempts in the final seconds.
The third was a dogfight of a brawl, a breathtaking display as both competitors pushed forward and threw with reckless abandon. Silva landed brutal body shots which took their toll, as as Gordon slowed, Silva landed a brutal left to the ear, and overhand right, and started teeing off on Gordon, who was out on his feet when it was waved off.
Silva is now 4-1 in the UFC, while Gordon dropped to 14-3 with his second straight loss.