by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com
Thiago Silva is ready for
whatever Rashad Evans throws at him when the two meet Saturday in the main
event of UFC 108.
Silva, who made his way from
Brazil’s Chute Boxe to Florida’s American Top Team, is learning English and
learning to love stateside culture. He’s come a long way from life in the
streets of Sao Paulo.
He’s said his main goal for
Evans was to control his emotions when he fights, but he told MMAWeekly.com he
still keeps them in reserve for motivation. And beating a former champ is
plenty of that, especially if it earns him a rematch with Lyoto
Machida, his first and only loss.
Silva is not bothered by all
the talk of a potential fight between Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. It’s
just another day on the job, and an important one, because he could derail the
rivals’ meeting, according to UFC president Dana White.
Maybe because the stakes are
high, Silva believes Evans will try to use his wrestling to steal the fight.
“I think so, but I’m ready for
him,” he told
MMAWeekly.com at the UFC 108 pre-fight press conference. “I train a lot of
wrestling, submissions, stand-up. I’m ready, man.”
His aim is to stay off his back
and use the heavy hands he is known for. In his last fight, a knockout victory
over Evans’ teammate Keith Jardine, he showed what he’s capable of when that