Is Salaverry Ready For A Title Shot?

June 24, 2005

Ivan Salaverry at Ultmate Fight Night 1

Ivan Salaverry at Ultmate Fight Night 1

Ivan Salaverry and Nathan Marquardt are the main event for the UFC live show on Spike TV August 6th. There is a reason the UFC decided to make this the headline of an event that millions of viewers will witness.

This has the makings of a technical war, and will give one fighter, that matches up well with UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin, an opportunity to showcase their skill on a grand stage. Ivan Salaverry spoke with MMAWeekly SoundOff Radio about his upcoming match with Marquardt, the pressure, and the preparation. Ivan has had the opportunity to see a lot of tape on his opponent, Nathan Marquardt.

About Nathan, Ivan commented, “He’s very similar to me in certain aspects. I think it’s going to be a fantastic war man, and I can’t wait. I feel how I am, he is very similar. We’re not great at kickboxing. We’re not great at submissions, but we’re very good at both of them, and I think we have a great background of fighting and experience.”

Only a few American MMA fighters have fought with this many people watching, Kenny Florian, Diego Sanchez, Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Rich Franklin, and Ken Shamrock to be exact. Salaverry was questioned about any added pressure he may feel going into this fight. He replied, “It’s amazing. The fact that I’m going to be on TV, 3.3 something millions of people blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. It’s going to be awesome.

When I heard it I was like, I didn’t really get it at first, and then I was like wow I’m going to have a lot, a lot exposure from this. You know what I mean? The whole UFC phenomenon, the no holds barred phenomenon is coming into play now.” He continued, “I think that anytime that you come into a situation that it’s, you know, better, bigger, and something that you consider your dream comes into play, yeah there’s pressure, but you know what? So what. That’s part of it. You know?”

Ivan is in full training mode this far out from the fight. As the fight grows more near his training will become more refined. “Everything just gets more focused into fighting. High technique working out…the weight lifting, the cardiovascular, more intense sparring sessions. Things of that nature. Everything just gets tuned up real hard, and it becomes more mechanical.” Salaverry told MMAWeekly.