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Friday, Jun 15, 2001

Vanderlei Silva



Part 3 (final installment) of
Vanderlei Silva
By Eduardo Alonso


Originally published in the
May 2001 issue of Full Contact Fighter



FCF:   After facing Sakuraba, how do you analyze him as a fighter?
VS:     I analyze him by the way he fought me, ’cause I want to say that he really has guts and he fights like a man! Because he is a lighter guy than myself, everybody knows that what he does best is to kick the legs, kick the face, but he doesn’t have the posture of a Muay Thai fighter, with his guard up…he doesn’t know how to really punch, and anyway he accepted to trade and came right at me, he knocked me down! So I really see him as a great guy, he is really a top fighter! Analyzing his fight against me, I think that he was a real man to come after me and accept the trading. And seeing his other fights, the guy is really a monster you know!

FCF:   What do you think about the supposed Sakuraba comments after the fight, saying that the fight was stopped a bit too early, and despite the fact that you were dominating him, you weren’t hurting him?
VS:     I don’t know…he stayed on the hospital for two weeks! I think that if the fight would have lasted two minutes more I could have killed him! [Laughs] Because he suffered major damage on his facial bones, he broke his nose, opened the mouth…I think that if they had given the fight two minutes more, gee! I don’t know if I wouldn’t be in jail in Japan now. [Laughs]

FCF:   After your historical victory over Sakuraba, everybody will train to beat you, and you are now at the center of attentions on the NHB scene. Are you already back to your training? Can your opponents expect even harder training from the Chute Boxe team now?
VS:     Much harder! We are training Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling! I’m training boxing, I’m doing lots of weight training, and I’m swimming, running. I think that whoever is going to fight me better come well prepared, because in this next fight I’ll be unrecognizable! I’ll be in great shape, whoever wants to fight me better be well prepared, otherwise he will take a real beating! The next guy that I face I’ll spank! I’ll spank him till I can’t hit anymore.

FCF:   Everybody is very curious to know who is your next opponent in Pride. Any name decided yet?
VS:     No, I’m also curious! I’m waiting and I’m preparing to fight anyone right now.

FCF:   Tito Ortiz was in the audience at the latest Pride, watching your fight against Sakuraba. A lot of people still consider him the best middleweight fighter nowadays. What do you think about facing him again, under the new rules of Pride?

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From the event’s promoter:


UCC 5
Heatwave 2001
Saturday, June 30th, 2001
Sanair International Speedway

Fontinelle Vs. Pierson
Jabouin Vs. Nancoo
Kitchen Vs. Loiseau
Cantin Vs. Sills
Waardenburg Vs. Peters
Francois Vs. Pellerin
Clay Vs. Vigneault Jr.

www.universalcombat.com

UCC 5 Poster



UCC 5
Heatwave 2001
Saturday, June 30th, 2001
Sanair International Speedway

Fontinelle Vs. Pierson
Jabouin Vs. Nancoo
Kitchen Vs. Loiseau
Cantin Vs. Sills
Waardenburg Vs. Peters
Francois Vs. Pellerin
Clay Vs. Vigneault Jr.

www.universalcombat.com

UCC 5 Poster

From the event’s promoter:


KOTC 9 Header logo
Action-packed, "no-holds-barred" competition

Saturday, June 23, 2001
7:00pm Soboba Casino
San Jacinto, California

KING OF THE CAGE
World Heavyweight Championship
On The Line!


In an addition to an already stellar fight card, the vacated King of the Cage World Heavyweight Championship is now up for grabs at "King of the Cage 9." It’ll be a heavyweight collision course as Bobby Hoffman, one of the biggest, baddest fighters around, finally gets his shot at the title. His opponent—the "Hawaiian Assassin" and reigning "Rage in the Cage" Heavyweight Champion—Brausa Academy’s Kauia Kupihea. The big boys mean business and only one will leave the Soboba Casino with NHB’s most prestigious heavyweight belt. Come see mixed martial arts history in the making only at "King of the Cage."

For ticket info call Soboba Casino at 909-654-2883.


MAIN EVENT FIGHTS

13

Bobby Hoffman

Shark Tank

Kauia Kupihea

Brausa Academy

12

Erik Pele

John Lewis Jiu Jitsu

Sean Alvarez

Renzo Gracie

11

Tim Catalfo

Obake Gym

Dave Beneteau

Pedro Sauer Jiu Jitsu Club

10

Amir Rahnavardi

Bas Rutten

Brian Foster

Roughneck Academy


FEATURE FIGHTS

9

Rick Mathis

Berto Jiu Jitsu

Jason Lambert

Combat Grappling

8

Bettiss Monsouri

Combat Grappling

Dan Rizutto

 

7

Tony Galindo

Lion’s Den

Reggie Cardiel

Pop’s House of Pain

6

Mike Bourke

Mollen Kramer Judo

Roger Godinez

Scorpion Combat

5

Victor Hunsaker

Shark Tank

David Knaggs

Gomez Academy


UNDERCARD FIGHTS

4

Shannon Ritch

Team Rojas

Usuda Katsumi

Japan

3

Thomas Denny

Wild Man NHB

Mike Lee

Team Cordiero

2

Gerald Strebendt

Torre Jiu Jitsu

Eiji Mitsouka

Japan

1

Javier Vazquez

Millennia Jiu Jitsu

Farrell Frisby

Brausa



MAIN EVENT FIGHTS

13

Bobby Hoffman

Shark Tank

Kauia Kupihea

Brausa Academy

12

Erik Pele

John Lewis Jiu Jitsu

Sean Alvarez

Renzo Gracie

11

Tim Catalfo

Obake Gym

Dave Beneteau

Pedro Sauer Jiu Jitsu Club

10

Amir Rahnavardi

Bas Rutten

Brian Foster

Roughneck Academy

FEATURE FIGHTS

9

Rick Mathis

Berto Jiu Jitsu

Jason Lambert

Combat Grappling

8

Bettiss Monsouri

Combat Grappling

Dan Rizutto

 

7

Tony Galindo

Lion’s Den

Reggie Cardiel

Pop’s House of Pain

6

Mike Bourke

Mollen Kramer Judo

Roger Godinez

Scorpion Combat

5

Victor Hunsaker

Shark Tank

David Knaggs

Gomez Academy

UNDERCARD FIGHTS

4

Shannon Ritch

Team Rojas

Usuda Katsumi

Japan

3

Thomas Denny

Wild Man NHB

Mike Lee

Team Cordiero

2

Gerald Strebendt

Torre Jiu Jitsu

Eiji Mitsouka

Japan

1

Javier Vazquez

Millennia Jiu Jitsu

Farrell Frisby

Brausa
posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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