A bout between top-15 Middleweights Brendan Allen and Bruno Silva has just been announced for UFC Fight Night: Emmett vs. Topuria on June 24th at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, per Alex Behunin.
Allen was previously scheduled to face Jack Hermansson for the main event of UFC on ESPN 45, but the headliner spot has now been replaced by top-10 Flyweights Kai Kara-France and Amir Albazi.
This fight takes place in the Middleweight (185 lbs) division.
Brendan "All In" Allen has a professional record of 21-5 (9-2 UFC) and is ranked #12 at Middleweight, holding credible wins over André Muniz, Karl Robertson, and Kevin Holland.
Bruno "Blindado" Silva holds a professional record of 23-8 (4-2 UFC) and is unranked at Middleweight. He holds noteworthy victories over Brad Tavares, Jordan Wright, and Andrew Sanchez.
Official odds have yet to be released.
Brendan Allen is currently riding the most significant win streak of his career and is coming off a highlight win in his last matchup, submitting André Muniz in the third round. An unfortunate fight-day illness would push Nikita Krylov out of his main event bout against Ryan Spann, forcing Allen and Muniz to take center stage. He wouldn't waste the opportunity, and despite being a considerable underdog, would beat Muniz throughout the bout before finishing him in the third. Allen has an incredible resume at Middleweight and will look to up his winning streak to five by using his powerful striking and underrated Jiu-Jitsu in this matchup.
Bruno Silva has been nothing but must-see TV in his six UFC bouts. Despite signing with the UFC in early 2020, he would not return to competition until mid-2021 due to a USADA suspension. "Blindado" did not disappoint in his return and racked up three consecutive knockouts over Wellington Turman, Andrew Sanchez, and Jordan Wright. These wins earned him a highly anticipated matchup against Alex Pereira, and he would go to war with the former GLORY kickboxing champion. Although he would lose his next two bouts to Pereira and Gerald Meerschaert, Silva returned to the win column in April with a first-round TKO against Brad Tavares. He'll now look to get his biggest career win over Brendan Allen in their matchup, using his powerful striking.
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