Round 1: Silva inches forward. No strikes through the first 30 seconds. Silva lands with a kick to the body. Sato grabs a leg and works for a single leg takedown. Silva unloads a series of strikes on him. He’s throwing heels at Sato’s head. Sato hangs on to the leg. Silva slams hammer fists into the side of his head. He delivers a series of right hands until the referee steps in to stop it.
The official time of the knockout was 0:52 of the opening round.
“I needed a win, but at no point I felt pressured. Losing my last fight served as motivation, not as pressure. I trained very hard, it was the best camp of my life. I was the first to arrive in the gym and the last one to leave. I was very hungry for the win. The result couldn’t have been different. I want to keep training and on Monday I’ll be in the gym again.”