Erick Silva Dedicates His UFC Fight Night 36 Win to His Son
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 02.16.2014
It was a special fight for Silva…
UFC welterweight fighter Erick Silva spoke about his victory over Takenori Sato at UFC Fight Night 36 at the post-fight press conference and dedicated the win to his son. Below are some highlights from the presser.
Silva on dedicating the win to his son: "I was thrilled, obviously, because I won. But the biggest issue was that I dedicated this victory to my son. Before coming here, I spoke to him and said I was going to dedicate my victory to him. I was thinking about him all the time in camp, when I went into the octagon – my mouthguard has his name on it. I just remembered him all the time. It made me cry. I just couldn't hold back my tears. It was really very special for me."
Silva on if he felt any pressure coming off of his knockout loss: "I didn't feel any pressure, but I felt some motivation. My last fight pushed me forward to work out a lot. I was working for three months to be here. This was the best camp I've had. You can be sure that I'm going to go back to my camp and work very hard to show you all a good performance (next time) like I did tonight."
Silva on his reverse heel kicks: "I don't think I've ever seen anyone do that in a fight, that kick I did. That's something we've done many times in camp, and I'd already seen myself in that situation where my opponent has his head down, holding my leg, and I have to find a way to hit him. So I gave him a back ankle. I've been able to do that in my camp. Whoever saw the open workouts saw I did it – I even did it in the open workout, a back kick with my heel. If it works in the workout, I was able to do it in the octagon. I think he did feel it."