ONE Championship’s decision to introduce a strawweight division last year was good news for Alex Silva. The Brazilian stands at just five-feet-three-inches and was one of the smallest flyweight fighters on the roster.
He’s now able to compete at his more natural weight. Silva, who will be looking for a third straight submission win against Robin Catalan at ONE: Union of Warriors this weekend, says he is much more comfortable in his new division.
“I did feel small for the flyweight division as there were taller guys that cut weight, but I never really cut a lot of weight. In strawweight, I have more chance of meeting a fighter my size and I feel strong and fast in this division.”
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It will be Silva’s third fight in a row against one of the Catalan brothers. He submitted both Rene and Ruel in the opening round, but Robin’s record is superior to that of his siblings. The Brazilian believes his opponent will be out to avenge those losses.
“I can’t wait to fight. I know he will want to break me because I beat his brothers but I will be ready.”
The strawweight title is currently the property of Silva’s Evolve MMA teammate Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke. The two train together every day and there is no danger of them agreeing to fight one another, but the Brazilian is four years younger than the Thai and feels that time is very much on his side.
“I am hoping to challenge for the belt after Rong (Dejdamrong) retires. That is my ambition, to be champion.”
In the meantime, Silva is grateful to have the opportunity to train every ….View full article