Mayra Bueno Silva, born on August 22, 1991, is an MMA fighter from Brazil who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Hailing from Uberlandia, Silva has dedicated her life to honing her skills and training in gyms located in Campinas and São Paulo since January 2015, just a couple of months before her professional debut.
Fights in the Brazilian MMA circuit
Silva burst onto the scene in 2016 and quickly made a name for herself in the regional Brazilian MMA circuit. With only three fights under her belt, she emerged victorious in each one, capturing the Batalha MMA Bantamweight title along the way. Her impressive performances earned her an invitation to Dana White's Contender Series Brazil 1. In her debut on the show, Silva made quick work of Mayana Souza dos Santos, securing a victory via ninja choke in the first round. This outstanding performance caught the attention of the UFC, and she was awarded a contract.
Debut in the UFC
Making her official UFC debut on September 22, 2018, Silva faced Gillian Robertson at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders. Displaying her submission skills, she finished the fight in the first round with a submission, marking a successful start to her UFC journey.
Silva's next challenge came against Maryna Moroz on March 14, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Lee vs. Oliveira. Despite putting up a valiant effort, she suffered a setback, losing the fight via unanimous decision. However, her impressive performance earned her the Fight of the Night award, solidifying her status as an exciting and entertaining fighter in the division.
Setbacks and victories
Seeking redemption, Silva faced Mara Romero Borella on September 19, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 178. In a dominant display, she secured another submission victory, this time in the first round, showcasing her submission prowess once again.
Silva's resilience was on full display in her next bout against Montana De La Rosa on February 27, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 186. After three rounds of hard-fought action, the fight ended in a draw, highlighting Silva's determination and refusal to back down.
Unfortunately, Silva's scheduled bout against Poliana Botelho on May 1, 2021, at UFC on ESPN 23 was cancelled due to a back injury she suffered in late March.
Silva was then set to face Manon Fiorot on September 25, 2021, at UFC 266. However, the bout was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols and rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 195. In a closely contested fight, Silva ultimately lost via unanimous decision.
Returning to the Bantamweight division, Silva faced Wu Yanan on April 16, 2022, at UFC on ESPN 34. With a display of skill and determination, she secured a unanimous decision victory, showcasing her ability to compete at a high level.
The journey continues in the UFC
In her next bout, Silva faced Stephanie Egger on August 6, 2022, at UFC on ESPN 40. Demonstrating her submission expertise, she won the fight in the first round via an armbar submission, highlighting her versatility as a fighter.
Silva's most recent victory came on February 18, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 219, where she faced Lina Länsberg. With an impressive performance, she secured a kneebar submission in the second round, earning her the Performance of the Night award.
Scheduled to face Miesha Tate on June 3, 2023, at UFC on ESPN 46, Silva's opponent changed due to Tate's injury. Instead, she was moved to headline UFC Fight Night 224 against former bantamweight champion Holly Holm, a highly anticipated matchup that promises excitement for fight fans.
Mayra Bueno Silva's journey in the UFC has been marked by her relentless pursuit of success. With an exciting fighting style and a diverse skill set, Silva is making a name for herself in the Bantamweight division. As she continues to showcase her talent and face top-ranked opponents, the future looks bright for this rising star in the world of MMA.