Welcome to the UFC: Natalia Silva

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The UFC hits Austin, Texas this Saturday at the Moody Center, the second straight week the promotion has been on the road. The card is headlined by two of the most action-packed featherweights out there in Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett. In a stacked UFC Austin Fight Night card Jasmine Jasudavicius is looking to go 2-0 in the UFC against newcomer Natalia Silva.

Natalia Silva
Standing at 5’4″
Fighting at 125 lbs (flyweight)
Fighting out of Ipatinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Training out of Team Borracha
A pro record of 12-5-1
3 KO/TKOs, 7 Submissions

How will Silva do in the UFC:

Natalia Silva is an odd signing for the UFC. Considering she was a former Jungle Fight champion I see why she did get signed. She still hasn’t fought since 2019 and talent-wise there are so many much better options out there. However, Silva has a good-looking record and her only loss in almost the last six years is to Marina Rodriguez.

When you look at her skill set she’s basically a grappler with an arm-bar. She doesn’t have the wrestling to get it to the mat the way she likes. Silva is good at using trips in the clinch to get it down but that will only go so far at a higher level. On the mat is where she wants to be because the longer she’s on her feet the more she’s in danger. What she does do well is throw a lot of output. When she’s throwing that output her chin is up in the air ready to be blasted unfortunately. When she throws kicks her chin is up there too. Silva’s striking is just too sloppy and combined with poor defense, it’s a terrible pair to have.

Even when Silva does get the fight down her BJJ isn’t that good. She never solidifies positions and mainly jumps the gun on her submission attempts. I see Silva struggling in the UFC. She isn’t up to par physically and her striking defense is too bad. It’s not hard to envision her going without a win in the promotion and exiting quickly.

How she matches up with Jasmine Jasudavicius:

Jasudavicius is -225 at best but should be at least -400. Silva is a small flyweight and Jasudavicius is a big one. She should be able to control wherever this fight goes. In not one area do I see Silva having an advantage. Silva is taking a very tough fight in her debut and I predict it to be a rough night for her.