Jay Silva from bouncing to UFC in two years, thx Rampage
Ariel Helwani: How did you get into MMA?
Jay Silva: I used to be a bouncer in New York and I used to get into fights all the time. I met this guy, who was part of Renzo Gracie’s family, and he used to bounce with me. He always used to tell me to come train with them jiu-jitsu. One day I saw The Ultimate Fighter 1, and I thought, Man, I can do that; I can kick those guys a**. So I decided to go down there and start training. Next thing I know, I was fighting.
Where did you met Rampage?
I met Rampage at UFC 78. He sat in front of me and his best friend sat next to me. I always liked Rampage, and was like, Wow, I can’t believe it’s Rampage Jackson. I was a big fan of his, so I went and asked for a picture. So “Rampage” looked at me like he didn’t really want to take the picture and was like, ‘Oh, ok.’ And I hated him for that. I was like, Who does this guy think he is? There were a lot of people asking to take pictures and he was trying to pay attention to the fights, but I didn’t understand that.
Then I was sitting next to his friend — I didn’t know it was his friend — and we were taking bets on the fight, and he was like, ‘Are you from here?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah.’ And he said, ‘Oh, man, I want to go out tonight. Do you know any spots?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I work as a bouncer in New York, so I know all the spots. Where do you want to go?’ He said, ‘Take me out,’ and I said, ‘OK.’ We switched numbers, and next thing I know, he calls me a half an hour later and says, ‘Hey, is it alright if I bring some friends?’ I didn’t know he was bringing Rampage. Next thing I know, he showed up with Rampage, Dan Henderson, Jason “Mayhem” Miller. When Rampage came out of the car, he gave me a big hug, and I thought, this guy is weird. But that’s it. When we got into the club, we started talking and got along really good, and he was like, ‘Come down to train with me. I’m always down to train with new people.’ Next thing I knew, he called me to come train with him in California. So I went there, we got along good, and next thing I knew we were like best friends. He then asked me to move to California, and here I am.
What do you make of Jackson agreeing to appear in the new A-Team movie, thus postponing his fight against Rashad Evans?