Silva was fast to pressure his opponent, landing several strikes to earn the knockout just 52 seconds into the first round.
“I had to put on a very good show for everyone to believe in me,” Silva said.
Silva came out aggressive and Sato shot in for a single-leg takedown soon after the fight started. As the Japanese fighter struggled to finish the takedown, Silva hammered away at his opponent’s head and landed numerous blows.
With a sequence of hammer fists, Sato’s arms went limp and the referee stepped in to put a stop to the contest in the opening round.
With the win, Silva earns his 16th career victory, getting back in the win column after dropping his last fight to Dong Hyun Kim by knockout.
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