“Professor Rafael Cordeiro will coordinate and give directions to the sparrings to do the way it has to be done (trainings). Akiyama is tough, a good guy who has been an athlete throughout his life. He does well on the ground and is very strong. It’s going to be a very interesting fight, a great one for me because he’s a guy who fights and open the game, not a man who runs. I believe it’ll be a big show. I want to fight for more six years, at least until forty’s. This change of category was good. I had to re-educate myself on food matter and I’m feeling very well”.
-- “The Axe Murderer” meets “Sexyama” at UFC 116 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 3, which is a middleweight bout that could have major championship-challenging implications for the winner down the road. Silva is out to score his second win at 185 pounds and to keep remain perfect against Japanese fighters (so far the tally stands at 15). He tells Tatame that he respects Akiyama and predicts a great match-up, but that won't stop him from doing his thing on fight night. What about you ... how do you see this challenge going? Opinions please, Maniacs.