Anderson Silva not feeling any pressure heading into UFC 126.
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva puts his belt on the line in the main event of UFC 126 against Vitor Belfort on Feb. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and he’s not feeling any added pressure.
“I just checked my blood pressure and it’s normal,” said Silva. “I don’t feel any extra pressure.”
Silva is coming off a dramatic come-from-behind submission win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 in August. Sonnen was able to land punches and secure takedowns for most of the twenty three minutes that the fight lasted. With less than two minutes remaining, Silva locked on a triangle/arm bar and forced Sonnen to tap.
The Brazilian titleholder made some slight changes since that fight, but for the most part has trained for Belfort like he has all of his twelve UFC wins.
“I made a few adjustments, but pretty much I’ve been on the same track maintaining the thing that I always does. It’s a very intense training camp,” he said. “Of course I’m always working to improve, but I’ve just kept the intensity throughout, and I’m just going to go out there and do my job and do what I’m trained to do.”
Belfort and Silva prefer to strike, but both also have black belts in jiu-jitsu and judo.
“It’s hard to say how the ground game is going to play into this fight,” said Silva when asked about the fight going to the ground. “I’m training a little bit of everything. I’m training on my back, on my side, with my feet up on the wall behind me. Any which way you can train, I’m training and I have to be prepared. It’s hard to say how any particular discipline is going to play into this fight.”
“I think it’s going to be fun, and we’ll see what’s going to happen.”
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