Anderson talks maia
Someone posted this interview on sherdog, anderson talks upcoming fight.
Anderson Silva's got a new opponent for UFC 112. Until earlier this month, the middleweight champion would face Vitor Belfort, but now will have to put the title on the line against Demian Maia. In an exclusive interview with TATAME, Anderson commented on what he changed in his preparation for the fight against the São Paulo native, considered at present the best grappler in MMA. In the chat, Anderson talked about the concentration for the fight, training with André Galvão, former member of Brasa with Demian, the decision by the UFC to put another Brazilian in his path and the duel against another Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt in the octagon.
Before, you were going to face Vitor, but now they've changed it to Demian Maia. You've already made it clear that you prefer not to face Brazilians, but now you have another one in front of you... Are you unhappy about that?
It's alright, no problem. It's a great opportunity, not just for him but for me too. I'm gonna do my job, he does his and it's all good, right?
Vitor, despite being a blackbelt in Jiu-Jitsu, fights more on his feet. Demian is exactly the opposite. What are you changing in your preparation?
We're training, but we just need to adapt the game. Some are blackbelts, others are brownbelts, some purple... I'm entirely black (laughs).
In his last fight, he changed his strategy and fought stand-up with Dan Miller. Did you watch that fight?
I didn't see it, man. I'm very, very concentrated on my own things here, I haven't watched anything... I've avoided going on the internet, I haven't even given an interview. I'm really concentrated on doing my work well and everything's going good. Independent of winning or losing, I'm not very concerned with that ordeal. I'm concerned about doing my job.
Sylvio Behrin, your Jiu-Jitsu coach, really sung praises about your ground game and said that, if you dedicated yourself to Jiu-Jitsu like you dedicated yourself to Muay Thai, you would be one of the best in the world...
Mestre Sylvio is giving me a lot of encouragement, like the rest of the team, that is giving me so much help. We have André Galvão, Jacaré, Rafael Feijão, Ramon Lemos, who's coming to help our work. I have a lot of people helping me, and I think that that growth comes little by little. Results appear with the training we do. I've trained Jiu-Jitsu for a long time. I've never fought any great champion like Galvão, or Jacaré, but I've been training with a kimono for a long time. I'm not at the level of André or Jacaré, but I'm learning and I think the most amazing thing in life is when you have this evolution.
The objective is to always be learning and picking up some knowledge, not just in fighting but outside as well. Ricardo Demente is here too, helping us. He's got very good Jiu-Jitsu. This is strengthening and giving us more knowledge with each fight that passes. It's evolution. They can say what they want, we go there to do our job. Independent of winning or not, that doesn't matter. I train and study, I'm here ironing out my mistakes... I try to do exactly what I'm training, and the results appear.
Before the fight was confirmed, Demian said that you would knock him out if the fight was on the fight, but that he would submit you if you fought on the ground. Do you think the fight will be like that?
It's not a Jiu-Jitsu fight, it's an MMA fight, a new aspect that includes various elements and techniques. It's a complicating thing to say that I would beat him standing up and he would be me on the ground. Logically, each of us has their biggest specialty, but a fight is a fight. MMA is a new sport, no one precise style exists, so we train and study. I think you have to sit your ass down on a training schedule, read and review, watch what we're training and not training... I'll continue studying the rest of my life. That's been working. It may be that one moment it'll stop, but this is making results. For me, each fight that passes is as if I was studying for a university entrance exam.
I don't concern myself with the people that talk, I want to always do my job with my head held high. That's the most important thing to me. People ask "do you think this, do you think that"... It's MMA, man. It may be that we fell into a position where I can land a strike on him, it may be that he surprises me standing up with a punch... It's all part of it, behind all of it there are many different things. We say a lot of things, but when it gets closer to the fight things start to change. A day that you didn't sleep very well, a person that said the wrong thing at the wrong time... You have to be in your moment, with the right people by your side, nobody causing problems... People that put everything that you want to the test, that makes the difference.
Your best training, then, is inside the classroom...
Man, I'm in the classroom every day. I have a lot of tough professors and that's the cool thing, in that trading of knowledge, new things come up. It really is cool.
One of the cards up your sleeve is André Galvão, that trained with Demian for a long time in team Brasa...
We're training... If it's God's will that I continue as champion, I'll do it. If he thinks that time's up, that someone else deserves the opportunity... I've got a completely different head, I'm focused on the fight. I'm not very worried or anxious, I'm not feeling pressured in fighting Demian or any fighter in this or another division. I'm concerned with what I'm training every day. If I can do that, what we're doing is working and for me that's pretty big.