Da Silva (14-1), suffered his sole career loss at the hands of flyweight standout Ian McCall in 2011 and has since rattled off five-straight wins, including a victory over former Shooto Champion Mamoru Yamaguchi.
While no date has been set for the Shooto Champion’s debut, he has confirmed via youtube that he has, in fact, signed with the UFC.
I am very happy with this signing. I always dreamed of this since they created the division. The time has come. I’ll try to do a good job. I did good fights here in Brazil and want to show it because I am the South American champion of Shooto.
The Nova Uniao product and his legendary back control are a welcome addition to the burgeoning UFC flyweight division, which has signed several of the sport’s top 125 lb fighters.