A former professional chess player, Czech flyweight David Dvorak was making his octagon debut at UFC Brasilia. Held without an audience due to the coronavirus pandemic, Dvorak was set to make one of the more memorable UFC debuts as a result. The question was, could Dvorak be as strategic in the cage against Bruno Silva as he could in his former career?
Silva was the aggressor early throwing leg kicks and lunging left hooks. Dvorak already seemed to be the more powerful fighter marking up the face of Silva with a heavy jab. Silva did land a spinning back fist but most of the time was coming up short, blitzing in. Silva out of nowhere stunned Dvorak with a front kick and capitalized with a takedown. Dvorak survived but Silva finished the round on top.
FRONT KICK! 😳
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Dvorak was the more aggressive fighter coming out in round two. He landed a few heavy body kicks and Silva continued to shoot for a takedown. Dvorak was easily shutting the takedowns down. Another body kick landed from Dvorak but Silva caught it only for Dvorak to win the scramble and get the top position. Silva did get back to his feet and Dvorak closed out with a flying knee that didn’t seem to connect flush.
In the final round Silva this time was able to time a shot perfectly and switch to the back. Dvorak quickly escaped and got back to his feet and started to move forward with punches. Dvorak was doing a nice job landing his right hand and switching to thai knees. Silva was tired as Dvorak was pushing forward with output. Silva clearly knew he needed to get the fight to the mat but couldn’t find the timing. The fight ended with more knees in the clinch from Dvorak.
Official Result: David Dvorak def. Bruno Silva by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)