Antonio Silva Plans On Using The Same Strategy Against Cain Velasquez

Antonio Silva has earned his shot at Cain Velasquez with two nasty knockouts over Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem. ‘Bigfoot’ suffered a terrible beating at the hands of Velasquez in their first fight in 2012, lasting all of four minutes before the ref mercifully ended the fight.

My first thought when Silva was awarded a rematch, this time for the title, was ‘What will Silva change?’. Well it would appear as though the Brazilian giant plans on bringing the same strategy as in the first bout with Velasquez. Check out this interview from MMAWeekly:

“I’m going to train the same strategy as I trained before,” said Bigfoot.  “The problem was my mind, my adrenaline. But I’m going do the same thing. I have a lot of skills to win this fight.”

With his most recent third round demolition of Alistair Overeem at UFC 156 I can sort of see where Silva is coming from. He has massive power in those huge hands and we know that Cain can be knocked out. Silva continued:

“The first fight with Cain is very important because I learned a lot from it,” said Silva.  “[That] fight, I was very nervous because it was my first fight in the UFC.  Now I’m very, very different. I have a good camp. I’m going to do the same strategy, and this fight will be very different.”

So Silva is confident that the fight will go differently this time, but using the same strategy I can’t see how it would. Although ‘Bigfoot’ could be trying to play mind games here, I wonder if Velasquez will change his game at all in the lead up to their UFC 160 championship tilt.



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    March 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Get taken down easily and bleed all over Cain? It wasn't that great of a gameplan.

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    March 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Same gameplan .. same fight same winner ! Forget it Antonio Cain is going to crush you just like the last fight and after your fight with Cain its back to the prelims after the fight with Overeem i just cant stand this guy anymore .. standing over Overeem after he knocked him out talking all big .. did cain do the same to you when he beat you into a bloody pulp ? Hope Cain ********elbows you for 3 rounds

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    March 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    bigfoot will win that!

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    March 30, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Well, we never got to see his stragety last fight. Both he and his trainer have admitted that leading with that leg kick was a mistake. Cain caught it, used it for the takedown, and never let Bigfoot back to his feet. Who knows what his gameplan actually is. I hope he at least gets the chance to implement it and make a fight out of it. However, at the end of the day, I don't see a different result.

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    March 30, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    It wouldn't have mattered what his game plan was or how his mind was doing, the Cain he faced on that night was a man on a mission that wasn't going to be stopped. He may last a little longer this time but I suspect the same outcome, Cain outworking him and having his was with him until the ref stops it.

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    Brian Cox

    March 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    He used to drugs, but he used to, used to, too.

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    March 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I honestly dont get it…..if my memory does not fail me the strategy did not work ver well : ) pezao is just playing….I saw an interview where he said the leg kicks were just plain stupid. He will not do it again.

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    March 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    On a seperate note, why is Ben Henderson ranked higher than Anthony Pettis on the PFP list?

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    Billy Jack

    March 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Look guys stop trying to use math when predicting a fight. I'm a Cain fan,but look at that Bigfoot's fist! I've never seen a fighter with fist size of Bigfoot. If Cain runs into Bigfoot's fist like he did with Congo's fist. Cain will be going to sleep son!!!

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