It’s a well known fact that a Brazilian’s merit in the cage can be determined by how many names they have before Silva (the fewer the better). Think about it: Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva…Giant Silva — all great fighters, all adhering to the two-name paradigm. Bruno Gustavo Aparecido da Silva, on the other hand, is simply too long to fit on a lunchbox and therefore not capable of achieving greatness. Unfortunately, Romario Manoel da Silva was a “Manoel da” away from said greatness when he stepped into the cage against Paul Daley at BAMMA 14 last weekend and was nearly decapitated for his insolence.
In a classic “Did he died?” moment, Daley unleashes a hellacious left uppercut on da Silva early in the second round, folding him up like a steel chair after an ice cream social. With the win, Daley improved to 5-1 in his last 6 and 34-13 overall. With punches like that, it should come as no surprise that all of Daley’s past 5 wins have come via (T)KO.
While legal troubles and a certain lifetime ban may prevent Daley from ever becoming a UFC champion, there are few things in this world that stand the test of time as well as his murderfists. Off the top of my head, I can think of only two: The reluctance of children to check out this awesome surprise I have in my van and the effectiveness of pepper spray. That every one of these bastards has a smartphone nowadays surely isn’t helping. I mean, what fun is it if they can just select an app and the cops are already on their way? GOD I MISS THE NINETIES.