Heavyweight Antonio Silva will enter the Octagon for the third time in his career tonight when he faces favorite Alistair Overeem at UFC 156 and is in need of a big win. Silva suffered a quick strike-based stoppage to Cain Velasquez in his UFC debut and picked up a TKO of his own against Travis Browne last October, albeit a victory influenced by Browne tearing his hamstring in the bout.
With an opponent like Overeem in front of him, “Bigfoot” knows he’s in a rough spot if hoping to make a run at the divisional strap but has complete faith he can overcome the adversity and emerge with his hand raised after their rumble.
“Overeem’s standup is quite dangerous. He’s quite technical and is also very strong. But in no way do I feel intimidated by his size,” said Silva in an interview with the UFC’s website. “I believe in me, I believe in my standup game, I believe in my jiu-jitsu and I don’t fear him at all. I respect him as a professional but I don’t fear him.
“For me, everything is at stake in this fight,” he continued, adding insight into how strong his desire to succeed is by stating, “This fight will put me among the UFC’s elite.”
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