Silva is ready for Rich
Franklin. Who better to make such a guarantee than the "Mad
Dog" himself, who has been training with Mauricio
"Shogun" Rua in Curitiba, Brazil, to prepare for his main event
bout against Rich
Franklin at UFC
147 in Belo Horizonte on June 23. The middleweight said that,
for him, the fight could happen now.
"The training is pretty cool. Shogun is a longtime friend, and I'm
very happy returning to train with him. It was very helpful. I'm
already ready. The fight could be Saturday -- I'm already on
weight,” Silva said.
Franklin defeated Silva in their first meeting at UFC
99 in 2009 via unanimous decision. Although the Brazilian
considered the result to be unfair, he admits that his preparation
could have been better. Silva promises that this time he will leave
the Octagon with a victory.
"I missed a little physical preparation; I could [have been] better
prepared physically. So I think I won, but the decision could be
given to anyone, and I'm sure this time there will be no doubt, and
I'll leave with the victory," Silva said.
Silva was originally supposed to face Vitor
Belfort at UFC 147 in a matchup of rival coaches from “The
Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.” After Belfort suffered a hand injury,
Franklin took his place. Silva believes his strategy won't suffer
major changes, however, and is already anticipating a rematch
against Belfort. “The Phenom” defeated Silva via first-round
technical knockout in 1998.
"Both are southpaws and fight on the feet. Rich
Franklin kicks a little more, is a little taller, but it is not
much difference,” he said. “I want to fight one fight at time, but
obviously I want to fight Vitor. That fight has not been canceled,
Leonardo Fabri contributed to this report