Silva’s Coach Expects First Round KO Against Rampage
Following the announcement from Wanderlei Silva that he’s set to have his fourth fight against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on September 29th, Silva’s coach is confident that his fighter will drop “Rampage” inside the Bellator cage.
Andre Dida, Silva’s head coach for his last four fights, sees the “Axe-Murderer” as motivated as ever.
“Keeping that flame on until the fight, he will surprise ‘Rampage’ and everyone else,” Dida told MMA Fighting. “He’s working hard, dedicating for this fight. Wanderlei is really hungry.”
Silva holds a 2-1 advantage against Jackson, with two wins in PRIDE, and Jackson’s only win via first round knockout in the UFC a decade ago.
“We know he likes to brawl, and that’s great for the fans, who will watch a great fight, and for Wanderlei, because the style matches up well for him,” Dida said. “Wanderlei has many weapons to beat Quinton Jackson. Every time Quinton Jackson tried to break Wanderlei standing, Wanderlei went there and broke him. He always tries to go toe-to-toe and ends up dying. We know what to do. Wanderlei is aggressive, everybody knows that, and we’ll keep him at his best for the fight.”
“We know what went wrong,” Dida said of the 2008 loss to Jackson. “Wanderlei fought in a way and Quinton Jackson fired back. If Quinton Jackson does that again, we’ll catch him. Wanderlei Silva is hungry. It’s a new fight. Wanderlei is happy, living and training in Brazil again, and we’ll make sure he has his hands raised in the end.”
“I think it’s a one-round fight… Wanderlei Silva’s hands are quick. We couldn’t show much against Sonnen, but when he did he knocked him down. Wanderlei’s timing is great, and I can get his best in the gym. Speed, knees, aggressiveness. ‘Rampage’s’ style favors us.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting