1 fighter on the chopping block with a loss at UFC San Antonio

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Daniel de Silva needs a win and a finish to keep his hopes of alive of competing in the UFC.

Three straight losses and three times being finished are what Daniel de Silva (11-4) is up against when he faces CJ Vergara (10-4-1) this Saturday when the UFC returns to San Antonio. The flyweight will be fighting for his UFC career and more than likely will have to show an impressive performance to keep his dream alive.

Before his UFC debut in 2021, Silva was on a three-fight winning and finishing streak with two submissions and one KO/TKO, but it was against less superior opponents from local regions of Brazil. In de Silva's three-fight losing kid, he was knocked out twice and submitted once against tough flyweight opponents such as Jeff Molina, Franciso Figueiredo, and Victor Altamirano.

De Silva in his three UFC bouts has been outstruck two to one, specifically 10.26 strikes absorbed per minute to 4.29 strikes landed per minute according to UFC Stats. Considering the losing streak and the toughness of Vergara he is up against, BetMGM has him listed as an underdog at odds of (+210).

CJ Vergara looks to get his first finish in the UFC

Vergara is coming off his first submission loss inside the Octagon and needs a win to further his tenure at the UFC. With a 1-2 record and the only win being a split decision, he plans to seize the moment in his hometown and execute his first finish win in over a year and a half. Before stepping onto the UFC stage, he was on a murderous row with five straight wins all by way finish via KO/TKO.

In this matchup it is anticipated to be primarily a standup affair, considering both fighters have combined of one successful takedown attempt in seven fights. Vergara is giving up two inches in reach and five years in age, but with all the factors he is the betting favorite at (-275).

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