A lightweight scrap between Silva (13-4) and Drakkar Klose (14-2-1) has been added to the UFC 301 card. The show is slated to take place on May 4 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The news was first reported by Silva’s management, Iridium Sports Agency, in a post on social media on Thursday. Silva confirmed this 155-pound affair on his Instagram Stories later on Thursday, with this being his first fight in his native Brazil since September 2014.
Silva will enter the Octagon on the heels of a unanimous decision win against longtime veteran Clay Guida in December. This bounced him back into the win column, as he had previously suffered a third-round knockout to top-ranked Arman Tsarukyan that June. The lightweight known as “Netto BJJ” has not notched a victory via submission in nearly a decade, with the lion’s share of his triumphs in that stretch coming via strikes.
Meanwhile, Klose will look to extend his three-fight winning streak, most recently recording a first-round slam knockout of Joe Solecki in December. This was preceded by a unanimous decision triumph against Rafa Garcia at UFC 277, and a knockout of Brandon Jenkins in April 2022.
UFC 301 is set to go down on May 4 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Another confirmed matchup on the card will feature a middleweight clash between rising talent Caio Borralho and former light heavyweight competitor Paul Craig.