Since making his Octagon debut at UFC 146 in 2012, Antonio Silva has lost six times, all via first-round knockout including dropping four of his last five outings.
Despite the unprecedented skid and the damage he’s absorbed in those fights, “Bigfoot” isn’t keen on walking away from the hurt business anytime soon.
As he told MMA Junkie, the only thing he’s occupying his mind with at the moment is his upcoming heavyweight scrap against Roy Nelson (preview here), which is set to pop off at UFC Fight Night 95 this weekend (Sat., Sept. 24, 2016) in Brasilia, Brazil.
“I don’t think about that because if I think about that, about retiring, about maybe being released, it takes my mind away from the fight and my performance. I don’t want to think about that any more because it was bad. I’m thinking about fighting against Roy Nelson. Every fight no matter what situation you are, you have pressure. I always feel the pressure and feel obligated to win. Four fights ago I feel the same way and that’s why I train hard to fight every time.”
As for his bout with “Big Country,” Silva admits it’s not a fight he would have chosen as he and the bearded brawler have developed a friendship overtime. But, since they’re in the face-punching business, it’s something that unfortunately comes with the territory.
“I wanted (to fight Nelson) back in 2012 but then we became friends. We are going to fight because we work for the UFC, but if I could choose I would like to fight another fighter and not him. My motivation is the same because I love to fight. Once the octagon is closed it ends our relationship, but once the fight is done we’ll be friends again. I’m still motivated to fight.”
Source:: mma mania