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| | Erick Silva would approve Yamasaki as referee for duel against Brenneman
Erick Silva would approve Yamasaki as referee for duel against Brenneman
No hard feelings: Erick Silva would approve Yamasaki as referee for duel against Brenneman :: TATAME
What are your expectations when fighting Chalie Brenneman? Are you nervous to fight abroad for the first time? |
Iím sure those things wonít get to me. Iím going there to put on a great show. When weíre focused, it doesnít change one bit. Iím sure Iíll get there cal and focused on my opponent. I donít think about the fans or wherever it is.
What dangers can he present?
Heís a wrestler who likes to take guys down and stall them. Thatís what weíre working on. Itís not that itís dangerous, but we are really training a lot defensive takedowns and weíll try to use his flaws in our favor.
Do you believe heíll try to escape from striking?
Absolutely. Thatís his style: taking down. He doesnít have great skills on the trade of punches. Iíve seen many tapes and I know he makes many mistakes in that area. Heís good on the ground and where heís trying to take me and thatís where Iím working on.
Even in case he takes you down, you also have sharp Jiu-Jitsu skills.
Weíve been working hard on the defensive takedowns finding the right timing. Iím working hard on my timing. Iím a Jiu-Jitsu guy and thatís something that fades away when you start striking a lot. I have a deal with Bruno Frazatto and heís coming down here to help me out with this.
Did he bring anything new to your game?
Heís been tipping me a lot about the ground game and Iím improving more and more. If we go to the ground, itís no biggy. I come from Jiu-Jitsu. All Jiu-Jitsu athletes are not afraid to fight on the floor, so we have to use that in my favor, but the game plan is to stay up. Iíll knock him out on our feet or on the ground.
Is there any pressure after that great polemics surrounding your Carlo Prater fight at UFC Rio 2?
No, none. Thereís no problem to me, even because UFC promised me Iíd be treated like a winner and thatís how Iíve been treated like. Brenneman is better ranked and thatís a proof of that: they put me on the co-main event. Theyíre giving me much more attention. There are no hard feelings. Itís in the past now.
How would you feel in case Mario Yamasaki was called to be the referee on your next fight?
Iíd really like it if they call him up, even because I believe he didnít mean to hurt me. After that heís been more alert, smart and heís been doing everything he can so it doesnít happen again. If heís the referee heís going to pay much more attention so he doesnít make a mistake again. As an athlete, itís not my job to have any kind of feeling towards a referee like Mario Yamasaki.