Bruno Machado returns to MMA following boxing match with Anderson Silva, defends title in Abu Dhabi


Bruno Machado will be returning to a MMA box for his first title defense after fighting legendary fighter Anderson Silva. 2022, he defended his UAE Warriors lightweight title, against Martun Mizhlumyan. 25, promotion officials informed MMA Fighting.

UAE Warriors 36 will host the main event

Machado against Mezhlumyan at the Ethihad Arena, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. UAE Warriors will hold three events on the same arena between Feb. 24 and 26, live on UFC Fight Pass.

The Brazilian lightweight agreed that he would box his former teammate, “The Spider”, in an 194-pound catchweight competition this year. Due to a lack of judges, the match was a draw. Silva however outclassed him completely.

Machado is 15-9 in MMA and currently rides a six-fight winning streak, five of those by way of stoppage.

Mezhlumyan is 14-3 as a professional MMA fighter and won his past four under the company’s banner. The 29-year-old Armenian talent’s sole defeat in the UAE Warriors cage came against future Bellator athlete Islam Mamedov in 2020.