Silva’s Strategy to Beat Verhoeven

It took Anderson Silva less than a minute and a half to defeat Gordon Haupt at GLORY 32 back on July 22. Silva stopped Haupt with a left kick to the body, and up until landing the finishing blow, Silva may have looked the best that he’s ever looked in his fighting career.

Now, Silva prepares to challenge for GLORY’s world heavyweight champion, Rico Verhoeven, at GLORY 33. Verhoeven is no pushover of an opponent, but Silva says he feels in tip-top shape and is ready for the battle.

He also feels he knows the perfect way to stop the champion.

“He is really good, really technical for a heavyweight and he moves very well. I think the way to beat him is to make it almost like a street fight, shut down his space so he doesn’t have the room to move and do the things he wants to do,” he says. “Personally I like Rico very much, he is a nice guy and does nice things for everyone, treats everyone nice. On a professional level? I am not a fan of his style. I am old school, I just look for the knockout. Rico just looks for the points, he only cares about the win.

“I like to make a show for the fans. I fight for the fans. Everyone likes to see knockouts but Rico doesn’t do a lot of knockouts. This is why I think I have a chance against him. If you fight Rico in a technical way, he is perfect. But if you fight him like a street fight, I think he will have a problem.”

GLORY 33 New Jersey and GLORY 33 SuperFight Series takes place on Sept. 9 at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey, and will be aired on ESPN.

Original story by GLORY Kickboxing

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