Antonio Silva left the Octagon last May a bloody mess after an assault by Cain Velasquez.
Now, a year later, the two will meet again at UFC 160 – with the UFC heavyweight title on the line.
Velasquez won the belt from Junior dos Santos late in 2012, and Silva surpassed several other contenders when he finished Alistair Overeem in February.
The first loss to Velasquez remains on the mind of “Bigfoot,” but he feels things will be much different this time around.
“This is very big for me, very important for my career, for my family and I want this title. I want to win this title for me, for Brazil, for my fans and for my family,” Silva said, in a recent interview with MMA Fight Corner. “This time it will be different. The first fight I was very nervous because it was my first fight in the UFC. There was a lot of adrenaline in my body,” Silva explained. “Now I have two more fights in the UFC, I got in these two fights, two wins, good knockouts and now I’m very, very confident.”
Silva showed off his offensive skills vs. Overeem, and he will need to try and make this a stand-up game with Velasquez to have success, as the first meeting was all the former Arizona State University wrestling standout once it hit the ground.