Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is widely-regarded as the best striker in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), so polishing his stand up prior to fighting Chris Weidman next month in "Sin City" would probably be a waste of time.
Especially when their 185-pound championship bout will see the ground more often than not.
That's because the "All American" wrestler is hoping to replicate Chael Sonnen's gameplan from UFC 117, where "The American Gangster" spent the better part of five rounds taking "The Spider" down (at will) and mugging him from the top.
And just like his former nemesis, Silva is going to try to counter that offense with a submission.
Already a black belt under the Nogueira brothers, the Brazilian is calling in reinforcements to help him deal with a bigger, stronger foe on the ground. His mentor, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, is of little use on the mat while he recovers from arm surgery.
Enter "Vai Cavalo," an Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) two-time gold medalist.
He's comparing notes with Silva in advance of the UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" pay-per-vierw (PPV) event, scheduled for July 6, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. How that fight plays out, remains to be seen.
But it looks like the champ will be well-prepared.