Quick Quote: Antonio Silva says he'll be looking to strike with Fedor EmelianenkoPosted on February 3, 2011, 09:59 AM by Anton Gurevich
Speaking at the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix press conference of you noted that Werdum exposed some holes in Fedor's game. Does it mean that you will be looking to take the fight to the ground?
Werdum just showed how to do it. In some fights Fedor fought well on the ground, as it was with the "Minotauro" Nogueira and many others. Some fighters had the opportunity to defeat him on the ground, but they couldn't do it. This is one of the possible ways to defeat him, but there's also the one I'm going to use. I'm preparing for a stand-up fight. I'm in good shape, unlike in the fight against Arlovski. In the fight against Arlovski I had a gameplan of fighting on the ground, but instead, it was a three-round striking contest. But, as I already told you, Werdum demonstrated his techniques of jiu-jitsu, but it takes a lot of effort to get there. I want to use the opportunity to finish Fedor with strikes and then with ground and pound. - Full Interview at ValeTudo.ru
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Fedor Emelianenko will square off next weekend on February 12th at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The fight will open the highly-anticipated Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament in an all-Heavyweight fight card. It will also be Fedor Emelianenko's first fight since the shocking defeat against Fabricio Werdum back in June, which cut the Russian's incredible undefeated run during the last decade. Antonio Silva is currently 15-2 in his Mixed Martial Arts career, winning 10 of his fights via a Knockout.