UFC Vegas 40 Results: Bruno Silva Completes Comeback, Stops Andrew Sanchez

Andrew Sanchez and Bruno Silva (Blindado), UFC Vegas 40
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 16: (R-L) Bruno Silva of Brazil punches Andrew Sanchez in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 16, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Bruno Silva got quite the comeback victory at UFC Vegas 40, knocking out Andrew Sanchez after being dominated the first two rounds.

After a decade-long career on the regional circuit and later in Russia’s M-1, Bruno “Blindado” Silva had arrived in the UFC earlier this year and immediately made a statement.

With a finish of fellow Brazilian Wellington Turman, Silva put his fellow middleweights on notice — and at UFC Vegas 40 on Saturday was paired up with Ultimate Fighter winner Andrew Sanchez.

Sanchez was looking to bounce back from a January loss to Makhmud Muradov.

Sanchez predictably opened up with what always is his main strategy, wrestling. Sanchez seemed to be getting takedowns at will, mainly because Silva had no problem working off of his back. Silva liked to throw elbows off his back but they didn’t seem to have much effect against Sanchez, but he did make Sanchez work to pass and as a result, Sanchez was a bit winded heading into the second round. Unfortunately, Sanchez had two kicks to the groin in round one, which would come back into play later.

Sanchez got the takedowns once again to start round two, but Perez once again began throwing elbows up from his back. Silva tried his best to scramble back to his feet but once again the scramble resulted in Silva on his back. Silva worked his way back to his feet briefly and landed a hard shot that seemed to briefly rock Sanchez but not enough to prevent him from getting another takedown that helped him snag another round in the bag.

Silva came out in the third frame looking for a finish. Sanchez was visibly gassed to start the round. Silva was once again kicked low, the third time in the fight. As a result, Sanchez had a point deducted. Rather than hurt him, that third low blow seemed to fire up Silva. He came out of the break and quickly hurt Sanchez, keeping up the pressure and ripping the body. With Sanchez starting to cover up as Silva went upstairs, the Brazilian went on to secure the comeback victory as he knocked out the depleted Sanchez.

A foul-filled night saw Silva endure a full three low blows in the fight. But he’d get his hand raised in the end. Sanchez has now been finished in the third round in back-to-back fights.

Official Result: Bruno Silva def. Andrew Sanchez by TKO, Round 3, 2:35