Igor da Silva Bites Andre Lima, Claims He Was in ‘Autopilot Mode’

Igor da Silva’s on the hunt for redemption. After a mishap in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that led to him being axed for biting his opponent, he’s not throwing in the towel just yet.

During a face-off with Andre Lima at UFC on ESPN 53, things took a wild turn. The match, which initially showed promise, came to an abrupt halt in the second round. Lima accused da Silva of biting him, and sure enough, the referee spotted a bite mark on Lima’s right bicep. The fight ended right there, with Lima winning by disqualification. This incident not only cost da Silva his UFC contract but also his untarnished record.

Da Silva’s at a loss for words over the incident. He recalls the fight being intense, but after taking an elbow from Lima, he says he went into “autopilot mode.” Speaking to MMAFighting.com, he admitted, “I don’t remember anything after that elbow. It’s like I blacked out, and the next thing I knew, I was watching the video of what I’d done.”

The backlash was immediate and brutal. Da Silva faced a barrage of online hate, including threats to his family. It’s gotten to the point where he’s flying his parents to Bauru, Brazil, for safety. He’s even considering legal action against some of the more aggressive online trolls.

“I was out of it until I got back to the hotel,” da Silva recounted. “By then, I’d been cut from the UFC, and my social media was exploding with negativity. It’s tough, you know? I made a mistake, and I’m sorry for it. But the level of hate and threats… it’s heartbreaking.”

Before this debacle, da Silva had a flawless record, with all eight wins coming before his UFC debut. At just 20 years old, his future in MMA seemed bright. Now, he’s focused on getting back on track, proving that one mistake doesn’t define him.

“I’m trying to move past this, to get back to normal,” he said. “What’s important is making things right, getting back to work, living life. I’m aiming for a second shot, to show everyone this isn’t who I am.”

Da Silva’s journey has been anything but easy. Leaving his family behind as a teenager, he worked tirelessly towards his dream of fighting in the UFC. “It was everything I ever wanted, and now it’s slipped through my fingers. It’s a tough pill to swallow. But I’m owning up to my mistake, and I’m determined to make a comeback.”

He’s hopeful for a short suspension, eager to return to the UFC and prove himself once more. “I’ve got so much more to give, so much more to improve. I’m looking for redemption, to show the fans, the UFC, that I’m better than my worst moment. I dream of returning to the UFC, to rebuild my career and fix this mess I’ve made.”

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