MENU
#Conor McGregor #UFC 211 #Nate Diaz #Jewels #Bellator 179 #Rory MacDonald #Jewels 16 #Daniel Cormier #Jon Jones #UFC 202 #Hayder Hassan #Dhiego Lima #Joanna Jedrzejczyk #Paul Daley



After five long years without visiting to Brazil, Thiago Silva finally has an appointment to return to his homeland.

On June 8, Silva will face former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante at UFC on Fuel TV 10 “Nogueira vs. Werdum” in Fortaleza, Ceara. In a recent interview with Sherdog.com, Silva welcomed the opportunity to fight at home, but admitted he might have chosen a different opponent.

“The choice of location was excellent,” said the 30-year-old. “It’s very cool to fight in Brazil again. I haven’t visited for five years and haven’t fought there for seven. As for the opponent, since the fight is in Brazil, I would prefer an American, but work is work. I’ll give my best. Rafael is tough and it’s going to be a great show. It’ll be a brawl.”

With both 205-pounders known for their striking -- Silva and Cavalcante have a combined 21 stoppages in 25 wins -- Silva said the fight could be a slugfest.

“I know Rafael personally. He’s a tough fighter, a striker, like me, and we both have heavy hands. I don’t know if I’ll knock him out or submit him, but I want to win. It will be a war,” Silva enthused.

Silva and Cavalcante both hail from the state of Sao Paulo, so Paulo Sarasate Gymnasium in Fortaleza will be a “neutral ground.” However, Silva believes that the Brazilian crowd will expect action in the fight and will root for whoever is more aggressive.

“When I heard from my manager [Glenn Robinson], that the fight would be against Feijao in Fortaleza, I knew it would be a neutral venue, but it will be nice to hear the crowd. I’ve traveled the world and there’s nothing similar to the Brazilian fans,” Silva said. “I get a shiver just thinking about it.”

Even after twice being suspended for doping, and without a win since 2009, when he knocked out Keith Jardine, Silva does not feel that his job with the UFC is on the line.

“Actually, I don’t feel threatened,” said Silva. “I haven’t won in four fights, but the UFC treats me very well, despite the doping. I work very hard and put on a show, because nobody wants to see a lukewarm fight. I’ll avoid making mistakes and will look for the win, as always.”

Silva also praised his team, Florida’s Blackzilians camp, where he works alongside the likes of Vitor Belfort, Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans.

“It’s a team of stars, but without stardom,” Silva laughed. “Inside the ring, we’re all common people, from the least famous to the most famous. There’s no special treatment. I spar with Overeem, Belfort, Tyrone Spong, Rashad, Anthony Johnson, not to mention the coaches. I have great resources available and I’m enjoying it.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

The Case Against Every UFC Champion

  • 28 days ago
  • 9 views

Champions are champions for a reason. But they're never infallible, especially in a crucible as intense as MMA. Reams of pixels, if pixels can truly be said to exist on reams, are regularly generated read news >>

Georges St-Pierre: It's Harder to Remain UFC Champion Than Becoming One | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

Georges St-Pierre has been there and done that. He called upon experience in comparing the difficulties of becoming a champion to remaining a champion. read news >>

Sweden's UFC Fight Night 109 lineup finalized with Omari Akhmedov vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan

  • 28 days ago
  • 8 views

Next month’s UFC Fight Night 109 lineup in Sweden is set with 13 bouts.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Weighing the Awful: UFC Star Mike Perry Is Problematic but Also Electrifying

  • 28 days ago
  • 67 views

There was a distinct crack a moment before Jake Ellenberger fell—this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville—a sound very much like a tree makes an instant prior to toppling to the ground. read news >>

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2432 with Maurice Smith and Ovince Saint Preux

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with Maurice Smith and Ovince Saint Preux.Filed under: News, Radio, UFC read news >>

UFC's 'Cyborg' vents at UFC and Brian Stann after he says she's 'difficult'

  • 28 days ago
  • 40 views

Cristiane Justino is again unhappy with her promoter. Filed under: Featured read news >>

Dana White says he's never been in it for the money. Can that possibly be true?

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

UFC President Dana White doesn't "even think about the money" he's made from the UFC's rise and recent sale, according to what he said in a recent interview. But while multimillionaires might have th read news >>

Bas Rutten: Maurice Smith's UFC Hall of Fame inclusion is 'freaking awesome'

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

This past weekend, UFC officials announced that Maurice Smith will be inducted into the promotion’s hall of fame this summer, and there were some mixed reactions among fans. Not so much with fellow U read news >>

Interim champ Max Holloway has an idea for the UFC: A reality show with himself as the star

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC interim featherweight champion Max Holloway thinks he could get all the clicks if cameras were just following him around.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Ovince Saint Preux was relaxed and 'felt like a straight savage' before UFC Fight Night 108 win

  • 28 days ago
  • 17 views

UFC light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux admits he gets nervous before stepping inside the octagon.Filed under: MMAjunkie Radio, News, UFC read news >>