MMA: Hostile crowd won’t be big deal for Brazil’s Alex Silva

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 28 2020 10:24 PM

Former ONE strawweight champion Alex Silva is just happy to be fighting for the title again, even at holder Joshua Pacio's home turf.

Silva said he has been waiting for an opportunity to challenge for the crown, even if it means doing it in front of a hostile environment at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday.

“To be honest when I’m in the cage I only hear my corner,” Silva said during an open workout Tuesday. 

“If you hear something from the crowd I take it in a positive way and absorb the energy for myself. But I’m very focused in there I couldn’t hear much.”

The 37-year-old Brazilian grappler is fresh from submission wins over Peng Xue Wen and Stefer Rahardian, and he is hyped up to face Pacio.

“You always wait for the opportunity like this to come into your life. The opportunity came and always ready. It’s a long time people are asking for me and him,” he said.

Silva made no secret that he will be forcing Pacio to the ground where he is more dangerous, but he acknowledged that he exerted effort to improve his striking repertoire.

“The fight starts on stand-up, so I think you’d see some striking for a while,” he said.

“My grappling, my BJJ are my advantages. My style is grappling, but to get a victory I need to put all my skills together.”

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