by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Currently sporting an undefeated professional record, which includes being 2-0 inside the Octagon, Thiago Silva looks to keep his winning streak intact when he faces upstart light heavyweight Houston Alexander at Ultimate Fighting Championship 78 on Saturday in Newark, N.J.
When in Brazil, Silva trains at the famed Chute Boxe academy. He has also recently started working with Marco Alvan and Team Link in the United States, but Silva is quick to point out that he works with both teams and never broke away from Chute Boxe.
“I want to make sure people understand that I never left Chute Boxe and never left Macaco,” said Silva in an interview with MMAWeekly. “I am part of Team Link because it is the union of the schools. Macaco and Marco are great friends and work together to build new champions with the union of Team Link.”
While in the United States, he feels it is the best place to prepare him for what his upcoming fight will offer working closely with Alvan and other UFC fighters such as Gabriel Gonzaga.
“My coach, Jorge Patino; my manager, Marco Alvan; and Gabriel Gonzaga are all Team Link,” stated Silva. “We worked together since the first fight of Napao (Gonzaga) in the UFC. I am feeling really good to be part of Team Link as well as Macaco and Chute Boxe.”
In Alexander’s previous fights in the UFC (wins over Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara), the Nebraska native has racked up less than two minutes of total time while scoring two devastating knockouts. Silva agrees that he hasn’t seen enough of him to truly see all that he could bring to the fight, but is confident in his game plan.
“The fights were very fast, but we could have an idea how is going to be (to help) my strategy going to this fight,” he said. “I watched his videos and I thought the fights were too fast. I need to worry what will (happen) in my fight with him, not to worry with what happened in his last fights.”
In this bout, Silva has the chance to automatically boost himself to top contender status given Alexander’s impressive wins so far, but the Brazilian only concerns himself with a win.
“I don’t think about this,” he said about the magnitude of the fight. “I am just focused on my training and when I step in the Octagon everything will happen naturally.”
Also on the line, as it is in every fight, is his unblemished record, but again he stays focused and looks only at the task at hand.
“I feel really good and I want to keep my clean record,” said a confident Silva.
And while the attention may be on Alexander before the fight, Silva is ready for what could be the most exciting bout on the entire UFC 78 fight card.
“It is going to be a great fight with two strong fighters that like to hit hard. The UFC fans are going to love this fight!”