UFC heavyweight Antonio Silva squared off against Cain Velasquez in a 2012 tilt and he lasted less than four minutes, suffering a strike-based stoppage in the opening round of action. With a May 25 rematch on the horizon, Silva is once again in the midst of training for Velasquez with the added bonus of a divisional belt being on the line this time around. However, rather than switch things up in hopes of avoiding another one-sided defeat, Silva is actually approaching Velasquez the exact same way as he did in their initial encounter.
“The first fight with Cain is very important because I learned a lot from it. [That] fight, I was very nervous because it was my first fight in the UFC. Now I’m very, very different. I have a good camp. I’m going to do the same strategy, and this fight will be very different,” said Silva to a group of media members while promoting the UFC 160 fight. “I’m going to train the same strategy as I trained before. The problem was my mind, my adrenaline. But I’m going do the same thing. I have a lot of skills to win this fight.”
MMAWeekly was on hand and able to capture the conversation.
Though Silva’s basic strategy hasn’t changed against the 11-1 champion, he has at least made one minor tweak.
“First thing, no kicks. That is very important,” explained Silva, referring to a takedown Velasquez secured after an ill-timed kick in their original clash serving as a catalyst for the end of Silva’s evening.
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