First, “Bulldog” stopped JP Buys by knockout to secure his first octagon victory on the final bout of his UFC deal. Hours later, Silva was informed he had won extra $50,000 in bonus for one of the best performances of the night at the UFC APEX. Now, Silva has just signed a new four-fight deal with the promotion.
“It was perfect,” Silva said in an interview with MMA Fighting on Tuesday. “It couldn’t be better. I fought well, I knocked him out, won the bonus, I ain’t injured, and just signed a new contract.”
Silva, who went 0-2 with one no-contest in his first three UFC bouts, had his best performance so far under the company’s banner, finishing the Dana White’s Contender Series signee in the second round.
“It went exactly as my team and I imagined,” he said. “He came out strong in the second round, I felt he was pushing the pace so I waited and landed that right hand. It was great because he’s a tough kid who was on a roll with a lot of hype and I knocked him down four times.”
The Brazilian flyweight wants to get back in the cage “in four months or so,” he said, and would love to share the cage with former title contender Joseph Benavidez, the last man to beat his teammate and cornerman Henry Cejudo in the UFC back in 2016. Benavidez lost three in a row in the UFC to Deiveson Figueiredo (twice) and Askar Askarov.
“We ask for what we want but it doesn’t always happen,” Silva said. “I asked for him because he’s the biggest name there and I would absolutely fight Benavidez now if they gave me the fight. It would be great. Let’s wait and see what they say.”