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Anderson Silva: This is not jiu-jitsu -- this is MMA




"This isn’t jiu-jitsu, it’s MMA, a sport that involves many techniques and elements. It’s hard to say that I would beat him standing up and he would defeat me on the canvas. Logically, each one of us owns a specialty but a fight is always a fight. MMA is a new sport and there’s no precise gameplan so we keep training and studying. I’m going to study for the rest of my life. It has been going correctly but it can happen that I won’t give my best showing and it’s over. We’re training and if it’s God’s will to have me stay as champion, I’ll stay. I don’t feel pressure to fight with Demian or any other fighter in this division. I’m worried about how I’m training each day."

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva prepares for a very dangerous test on April 10 when he faces grappling wizard Demian Maia at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. "The Spider" has two of his four losses come via submission and recognizes that anything can happen inside the cage. Still, he has to be encouraged by the faceplant Maia took when he stood with Nate Marquardt and seems confident in his ongoing training. Will his 10-fight winning streak inside the Octagon come to an end -- or keep on trucking when they meet this April?

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