After a dominant win over Fedor Emelianenko in 2011 it seemed like the sky was the limit for polished heavyweight Antonio Silva. However, after losing in two straight tilts by way of opening round knockout, fans have begun wondering if Silva may have already peaked and is now on the way down.
“This is a very important fight for me, and I won’t let it go past the second round,” stated the 16-4 Silva in an interview with the UFC. “It is a five round fight but, five rounds or three rounds, I don’t like decisions on my record. I will do my best to finish Travis Browne inside two rounds.”
While Silva is a massive Mixed Martial Artist in his own right, Browne is actually a few inches taller despite weighing a bit less. Still, the size difference isn’t something that concerns Silva.
“He’s the second or third person I’ve fought who is bigger than me, but it does not matter, it is no problem,” he replied on the matter. “I know I can take him down to the ground and ground and pound him – for sure that is where I am very dangerous. But I have been training very, very hard on my stand-up. He is a very tough guy, undefeated, but I am so, so confident I will beat him inside two rounds.”
Prior to his two-fight slide Silva had won nine of his ten previous fights including success against Ricco Rodriguez, Mike Kyle, and Andrei Arlovski. Comparably, Browne is 4-0-1 since signing with the UFC with wins over Chad Griggs and Stefan Struve.
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