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05-24-2012, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDoucheyWun
Very true but I would have to think Silva would go back to his roots and use his far superior grappling/jits and handle lavar with ease
Velasquez says Bigfoot is better than Mir
Velasquez says Bigfoot is better than Mir :: TATAME
Cain Velasquez would fight Frank Mir at UFC 146, event scheduled for this Saturday, but after Alistair Overeem got positive drug test results, Ultimate was obligated to chance practically all fights of the card and so now the former champion confront Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. |
After this Wednesday open training in Las Vegas, Velasquez talked to the press and said that, in his opinion, Bigfoot is better than Mir.
“They’re similar a little bit, but I think Silva is better all around. He does more kicks than Mir does, he uses his hands on his feet, food Jiu-Jitsu on the ground. I think Silva is more of a control guy on the ground, so he’s good all around”, analyzes the American.
“He does everything good. He does kicks, punches, knees, on the ground he’s good… I fought big guys. I fought big guys good on the stand-up, I fought big guys who are good wrestlers and on the ground, but a guy who has a combination of all of that, I never seen before”, says.
Silva is coming from a loss to Daniel Cormier, Velasquez’s training partner, but Cain doesn’t see it as an advantage.
“You know, he was just so dominating in this fight, it was so quick that there’s something he wanted to tell me, but it was so quick. I can’t really judge from that. I’m expecting a different kind of fighter this Saturday”, concludes.
* Them Brazilian's sure dont like Mir.
Antonio Silva: ‘I rather fight him on the ground’
Antonio Silva: ‘I rather fight him on the ground’ :: TATAME
This card was made and remade many times and you were matched up against a former champion. How do you see this opportunity? |
It was wonderful. First I was fighting Roy Nelson, who’s a great opponent and a tough guy too, whom fans love. I was at home and my manager called me saying they might replace my opponent. Half hour later he called me and said they really did and I asked him who was it now and he said it was Cain Velasquez. “Awesome! Get this contract and let’s sign this now”. He’s well liked by the fans, a former champion, the second best in the world, just lost to the current champion Junior dos Santos, so it’s a big opportunity. I’ll grab it with all I’ve got.
What changes now you’re fighting Velasquez instead of Roy Nelson?
Well, what changed is that I had to bring some wrestlers to help me out because we all know Cain’s level at Wrestling is really high, he’s pretty good. I brought a couple of guys, one of which fought Cain Velasquez eight times when they were in college and defeated him all eight times. I know: Wrestling is Wrestling and MMA is a completely different thing, but, like it or not, he knows his Wrestling game, his strength and taught me many things I could do and avoid. My stand-up is the same and also my Jiu-Jitsu. If I was fighting Roy Nelson, he’s a BJJ black belt and he’s very good. I would also have to be well trained. What changed was basically my Wrestling trainings.
Do you want to keep actions on the stand-up?
I’m comfortable on the stand-up. It’s not because I made a mistake last time I’ll try to change or don’t believe in myself. I know I can do it. I rather fight him on the ground. If he wants to take me down, I’m not going to spend much energy trying to hold him back. Of course I’ll try to defend it and apply some coups, a knee or something. But, if he keeps pressuring me to take me down, let’s do it. Let’s go to the ground and let’s use our roots, which is Jiu-Jitsu, to try to submit him.
The fact he trains with Daniel Cormier is, in some way, an advantage for him?
See, i fought two AKA guys: Mike Kyle and Daniel Cormier. I guess that he can get some tips from Mike Kyle, because I fought him longer, it went to round two. Daniel, unfortunately for me and happily for him, no, because I got punched at 30 seconds and then I wasn’t myself anymore, I was playing it automatically. They told me I fought three more minutes, but I wasn’t really there.
What were your thoughts about Cormier’s win over Josh Barnett?
I was thrilled. But first I got scold. When it was over I said “well, at least I loss to the champion”. My wife looked at me and said: “no, you lost it to yourself. You didn’t want to fight. You were not on a good state of mind. You lost it to yourself”. And it’s true, but congratulations to Cormier. I will never try to undermine him. He deserved it, showed he can be a champion and I was really happy he won and defeated Josh. Many people don’t like Josh. I don’t like him personally, but he’s a hell of a fighter. Professionally, he’s really good. I was glad he won and also I’d like to say that Josh was a big man and took it and fought with a broken hand. It was a nice show.
How do you weigh now?
I usually weight 282, 286lbs. Four weeks ago I weight 168lbs. I did a good job with Mike Dolce. He kept my weight so I could gain speed, work on my agility. I’m feeling fine, eating a lot, losing weight, thank God. Now it’s just go for the win.
In case you win, you might have a chance at the title, which is now held by your close friend and teammate Junior dos Santos. How would it be like?
Well, everybody’s asking me this and my only answer now is this: I’m focused in Cain Velasquez. My game plan is focused on him and I don’t usually look pass because there’s always an ‘if’. And if I don’t beat him up? I want to win. When I leave the cage you can ask me and I’ll give you a straight answer, but now I’m only thinking about Cain Velasquez.
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