Silva: The champ will go down on the first punch I really land
Antonio Silva was defeated by Cain Velasquez in the very first round of his first shot at the UFC heavyweight championship. Velasquez was able to take Silva down quickly and worked his patented ground and and pound until the referee stoppage. Since that fight, Silva has earned two impressives wins in the division, earning himself another title fight. However, this time the Brazilian giant believes it can go differently:
“I think the main thing is in our first fight I was nervous and I was anxious,” Silva said. “And I have replaced those emotions now. Now I’m calm and I’m driven. I really want this. Comparing my style of fighting to Cain’s style of fighting, I would have to be born again to become faster than Cain Velasquez. I’ve got 30 pounds on him. He’s going to be faster than me. So I need to work with what I have, and what I have is very, very heavy hands.
“So, I’m going to need to keep my hands healthy and heavy to go in there and I’m sure that the first punch that I really land, he’s going to go down.”