UFC flyweight Mayra Bueno Silva is set to undergo knee surgery following a successful promotional debut at last week’s UFC Sao Paulo event.
Bueno Silva (6-0) submitted Gillian Robertson in the first-round to remain undefeated and claim her first UFC win. Almost a week later and the Brazilian’s coach, Diego Lima, has revealed she will need to undergo surgery.
“It’s not too serious, but she needs surgery” Lima told MMA Fighting. “Nobody wants to have surgery, of course, but it’s a small ligament injury and we will have surgery.”
Lima went on to reveal that Dr. Wagner Castropil, who conducted surgeries on several Chute Boxe fighters before at Sao Paulo’s Instituto Vita, will be the one to work on Silva’s knee.
At the post-fight press conference at last week’s event, Bueno Silva herself admitted that the injury would have severely effected her performance had the fight gone to a second round.
“I twisted my knee in the first takedown she had,” Silva said. “When we started scrambling on the ground, I couldn’t do my guard game because I got hurt pretty early, but thank God I got that armbar and she tapped before the end of the round.”
“I have a warrior spirit so I would come back (to the second round), but I can’t say if I would be be able to fight because I can’t put my foot on the ground,” she added. “When I heard that sound [indicating the final 10 seconds] I started bending her arm and thinking ‘she won’t tap, she won’t tap,’ but when she tapped, thank God… It was the mercy shot.”
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