Antonio Silva to Alistair Overeem: 'This Is Not Kickboxing' | Bleacher Report
In the meantime, Silva seems to believe his richer, more multidisciplinary training and competition background could make the difference against Overeem, who rose to fame as a kickboxer.
"He’s a tough guy and he’s got great striking. But this is not kickboxing," Silva said Monday during a UFC media conference call covered by Bleacher Report. "This is not K-1. This is MMA."
The two heavyweight sluggers face off near the top of the ultra-stacked UFC 156 main card, going down Feb. 2 from Las Vegas.Silva may be interested in a return engagement of his own, with heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, who welcomed Silva to the UFC with a bloody TKO in May. But Silva said Monday he's not worrying about that one, either—at least for now.
"I don't care about the title shot now," Silva said. "My fight is with Overeem. I want to fight him. I waited for this fight for two years...After that, I will think about Cain Velasquez."