When Antonio Silva enters the Octagon next Saturday for his rematch with Cain Velasquez at UFC 160, he will do so as a heavy underdog.

“Bigfoot’s” first encounter with the reigning heavyweight champion was not a pretty one, as Velasquez planted the massive Brazilian on his back and battered him with a barrage of punches and elbows one year ago at UFC 146. In spite of that result, and his current status as a 4-1 long shot, Silva nevertheless believes that he will walk away from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with championship gold around his waist.

“I like when people underestimate me. It’s nice, because I get to go out there and [prove] them wrong,” Silva recently said during a media conference call. “There are no superheroes in this sport. Nobody is invincible. I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work in the last nine weeks. I’ve been preparing myself, and I’m very confident that I’m going to have my arm raised on May 25.”

As Silva mentioned, this would not be the first time he has been counted out against a favored opponent. Following the heavyweight’s one-sided loss to Velasquez, bookmakers listed him as an underdog against both Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem. “Bigfoot” won both fights by knockout.

With those convincing victories nestled securely in his back pocket, Silva now appears to be a far more confident fighter than when he previously faced Velasquez.

“In our first fight, I was nervous and anxious, but I have replaced those emotions. Now, I am calm and driven. I really want this,” said Silva. “Comparing my style of fighting to Cain -- I would have to be born again to become faster than Cain Velasquez. I’ve got 30 pounds on him. He’s going to be faster than me. I need to work with what I have, and what I have is very, very heavy hands. I’m going to keep my hands healthy and heavy, and I’m sure that the first punch I really land, he’s going to go down.”

Though Silva admitted that much of his preparation and strategy will carry over from his first meeting with the champion, the 33-year-old plans to effect one key change in the rematch.

“A lot of my preparation has been the same as it was for the first fight. Obviously, in the first fight, I made a big mistake, but there were a lot of things that I did right going into that fight that, unfortunately, you guys didn’t get to see,” said Silva. “Much of that has been maintained, but overall, the main strategy is just to not let his elbows get near my forehead. That would be a change.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 41: Cruz, Hendricks, Velasquez, Brown

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

Episode No. 41 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast, featuring Dominick Cruz, Johny Hendricks, Cain Velasquez, Randy Brown, is now available for streaming and download.Filed under: News, U read news >>

Bojan Velickovic Enters RFA Title Fight Coming Off of a Red Hot 2015

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

Following a red hot year in 2015, Bojan Velickovic enters Friday night's RFA title tilt riding a wave of momentum. read news >>

With Cormier and Rockhold, Velasquez has all he needs at AKA for Werdum rematch

  • 22 days ago
  • 47 views

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cain Velasquez is in the heart of a training camp that might wind up being the most important one of his career. He may have all he needs in the form of two key training partners. read news >>

Reader’s Choice 2015 Submission of the Year: Fabricio Werdum Taps Out Cain Velasquez

  • 21 days ago
  • 5 views

Knockouts happen. Anyone can be clipped. Decisions are up to the interpretation of the judges. A submission win comes about by literally forcing your opponent to quit. read news >>

UFC 196 Free Fight Video: Cain Velasquez Demolishes Brock Lesnar

  • 17 days ago
  • 33 views

Cain Velasquez captured the UFC heavyweight belt for the first time at UFC 121 when he knocked out Brock Lesnar. read news >>

Video: Watch Cain Velasquez end the Brock Lesnar era in 2010

  • 16 days ago
  • 18 views

For a two-year period, WWE star and collegiate wrestling champion Brock Lesnar ruled the UFC heavyweight division. His reign ended in 2010 at the hands of Cain Velasquez.Filed under: News, UFC, Video read news >>

UFC 196 Free Fight Video: Fabricio Werdum Taps Out Cain Velasquez to Win Heavyweight Title

  • 15 days ago
  • 7 views

The first matchup between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez resulted in Werdum submitted Velasquez in the third round at UFC 188 to earn the heavyweight title. read news >>

Fabricio Werdum wants you to know he fought in the same altitude as Cain Velasquez

  • 14 days ago
  • 50 views

Ahead of his rematch with Cain Velasquez at UFC 196, heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has a question for the media.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 196's Cain Velasquez plans rare third UFC title reign: 'This belt is mine'

  • 13 days ago
  • 50 views

Cain Velasquez is one of six fighters in history to become a two-time UFC champion at one weight class. When it comes to three-time titleholders, the list shrinks to just one.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 196: Werdum vs. Velasquez 2 Extended Video Preview

  • 13 days ago
  • 99 views

Hear from UFC 196 headliners Fabricio Werdum, Cain Velasquez, Johny Hendricks, Stephen Thompson and UFC analyst Joe Rogan as they preview the fight card's big fights. read news >>