PORTLAND, Ore. – After four impressive victories in the UFC’s marquee division, light heavyweight Thiago Silva found himself watching tape of his concussive loss to champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 94. He saw a fighter who wasn’t training hard enough.
“You come from a series of victories, and all of a sudden, you lose, and it really messes you up,” he said at a media workout for his bout with Keith Jardine at UFC 102 this Saturday.
Silva, a product of American Top Team via the famed Chute Boxe Academy, is looking to redeem himself against a fighter who’s also just shy of marquee status and wants to pick up steam in a division suddenly aligned around a karate practitioner.
Silva is not taking anything for granted this time around. Awkward as Jardine might be, he says he’s learned to focus better in the gym. He wants a rematch with Machida, however long it takes him to get there. Jardine is the first step.
“Every fight presents its difficulties, and yeah, it’s true that (Machida and Jardine) were a little bit hard to train for, but I’m coming well prepared, and I’ve done what I need to do,” said Silva.