Thor Silva has taken the first step to follow in his father’s legendary footsteps.
Silva, the 19-year-old son of MMA icon Wanderlei Silva, made his amateur MMA debut on Sunday at Fight Music Show 2 at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
While his father was sitting in his corner, Silva turned aggressive early on, dragging opponent Gabriel Bonfim to the canvas with a one-legged takedown, and then unleashing a flurry of mounted and back strikes to score a TKO in the first round. The 2:13 mark of round 1. A video of Silva’s successful amateur MMA debut can be seen above.
This fight was not Silva’s first encounter with live competition. The teenager scored a 30-second TKO victory in his muay thai debut in 2019 and has also competed in boxing.
Speaking to MMA Fighting in August, Silva admitted there’s “a little” pressure that comes with being the son of an MMA legend, but his dad fights the moment more than he does.
“He’s more nervous than me,” Thor said with a laugh about Wanderlei. “We used to bring something to eat before events, and he was always too nervous and ate everything. I don’t get as nervous when I’m about to fight, I stay calm and relaxed thinking about what I’m going to do. I don’t think it adds too much pressure, really.”