After losing to Jon Fitch at UFC 153, the Brazilian welterweight Erick Silva told the UFC he wanted to get back into the cage as soon as possible. He got his wish via a February 2, 2013 appointment with Jay Hieron for UFC 156.
Silva, who represents X-Gym, doesn’t want to make the same mistakes he made prior to the fight with Jon Fitch and so he is paying special attention to his weight cut for his next fight. Against Fitch he dropped 7 kilos the day before the weigh-in and he says that spoiled his performance badly by affecting his conditioning and cardio.
“I won’t permit it to happen again. I will be attentive to the weight, I will work it well. I won’t have much on me by the end of the year. In the last fight, I thought that it would be better to get heavier in the final stages of training but afterwards I realized that it ended up making me more slow and tired. Now this is going to be a whole new ball game,” he says.
On the strategy for the forthcoming fight, he says it is too soon to map it out. “It is still too early. I will talk with my coaches, but of course, we’re going to watch lots of videos of his and then we will set a game plan for the fight.”
Silva will be fighting in the United States and he has competed there previously, beating Charlie Brenneman at UFC on FOX 3 in Florida. He guarantees that performing in Las Vegas does not affect him at all.
“I don’t have any problem, feel any pressure or anxiety with it. What I want to do is a good fight to recover the route of victory. This what interests me the most. The fight taking place in LA doesn’t mean much in itself,” he says.