Alex da Silva
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Brazil

Relies on better tactics
FeatherweightUFC
August 10, 2019
Da Silva defeated Kazula Vargas via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night in Montevideo, Uruguay on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Vargas looked to be the better striker in this bout, but he could not keep the fight standing. Da Silva was able to score takedowns in all three rounds. He could never really get much going on the top, but he did score nine significant ground strikes and register four passes. In the end, it was enough to earn the decision. However, he will need to improve his striking and ground offense to defeat more experienced fighters in the UFC.
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Gets new opponent in Uruguay
FeatherweightUFC
July 30, 2019
Da Silva (20-2-0) is now scheduled to take on Rodrigo Vargas (11-2-0) in a lightweight fight Aug. 10 at UFC Uruguay, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Da Silva was initially slated to face Rafael Fiziev before Fiziev was forced to withdraw last week after breaking his foot during training. Vargas will be making his promotional debut in Montevideo and will enter the Octagon with little recent experience after having not fought since May 2018 with the Iowa-based Caged Aggression MMA promotion. Da Silva signed with the UFC in April and lost his debut fight later that month, bowing out in the second round against Alexander Yakovlev.
Seeking new opponent for Uruguay
FeatherweightUFC
July 24, 2019
Da Silva needs a new opponent for UFC Uruguay on Aug. 10, as his original opponent, Rafael Fiziev, broke his foot, Marcel Dorff of MMA DNA reports.
ANALYSIS
With the fight less than a month away, da Silva needs to find a new opponent quickly. He is 2-2 across his past four fights, most recently losing to Alexander Yakovlev during his UFC debut.
Struggles with step up in competition
FeatherweightUFC
April 20, 2019
Da Silva lost Alexander Yakovlev via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:10 Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Saint Petersburg.
ANALYSIS
Da Silva had some success in the first round. He was getting the better of the striking exchanges. He tried to take the fight to the ground, but for the most part Yakovlev was able to defend and get back to his feet. In the second round, Da Silva got back into his groove striking. He then went for a takedown and ended up giving up the fight. He tried and tried for the takedown. From the sprawl position, Yakovlev locked in the guillotine choke and finished the fight. Da Silva lost for only the second time in his career and falls to 20-2 as a professional.
Signs with UFC
FeatherweightUFC
April 4, 2019
Da Silva signed with the UFC on Thursday and has been booked to take on Alexander Yakovlev at UFC St. Petersburg on April 20, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Da Silva will be replacing Teemu Packalen, who was originally scheduled to take on Yakovlev at the event. The 23-year-old has fought for several different promotions over the course of his young career and boasts an impressive 20-1 record as he heads into his UFC debut later this month. Impressively, Da Silva has won each of his 20 professional bouts by way of knockout (13) or submission (seven).