Alex Silva didn’t just get revenge while picking up a $50,000 USD bonus at ONE 158. He also equaled Shinya Aoki’s record for the most submission wins in promotional history.
Silva has been on the roster since 2012 although he actually lost his ONE Championship debut. The Brazilian would go on to thrive once the promotion introduced a strawweight division, becoming just the third fighter to capture that title.
At ONE 158 he avenged his controversial defeat to Adrian Mattheis, submitting the Indonesian with a heel hook in the opening round:
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) June 3, 2022
Shinya Aoki did hold the record for the most submissions in ONE Championship history with nine. Silva has now equaled that record and will be looking to overtake the Japanese legend.
Silva’s first submission win for ONE Championship came at the expense of Rene Catalan in 2013. He has fought against the Catalan brothers on four separate occasions and won with a first round submission every time.
Interestingly Silva was not able to finish any of his opponents with submissions in title fights. Every time he has fought for the ONE Championship belt the bout has gone the distance.
But he remains the deadliest submission artist in the strawweight division and is still going strong at the age of 39. Aoki is exactly the same age and it will be interesting to see who is first to claim a tenth submission win.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) November 26, 2021
According to Sage Northcutt the Japanese submission specialist has been offered a fight with him at ONE 161. But the UFC veteran claims that Aoki is reluctant to accept the fight, so it will be interesting to see whether this pans out.
Silva is not currently ranked in the top five at strawweight and has lost two out of his last three. So the Brazilian will probably need to string together a few more wins if he wants another opportunity to challenge for the belt.
There are no shortage of potential opponents for Silva at strawweight and he will probably be looking to challenge someone in the top five after avenging his most recent defeat in the most convincing manner possible.
He was one of three fighters to pick up $50,000 USD bonuses at ONE 158. Tawanchai PKSaenchaigym and Fabricio Andrade also walked away with the extra cash from Chatri Sityodtong.