WANDERLEI SILVA PRESS CONFERENCE
03/21/2003

PRIDE Middleweight Champion, Wanderlei Silva, held a press conference on March 17th. Wanderlei had a scuffle with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson following Jackson's March 16th PRIDE 25 match against Kevin Randleman. Silva had strong words for Jackson, who earned the right to challenge for the Middleweight Title via his win over Randleman.

 

       

 

Pride Fighting Championships: Is this fight going to be more difficult than the one with Yamamoto?
Assuerio Silva: I don't think there will be any problem. I'm well prepared. I'm always training with my people and I'm sure that it's going to be a very good fight.
Pride: Do you know anything about your opponent?
Silva: No. I don't know anything. Today was the first time that I've met him.
Pride: Did you want to fight him?
Silva: Well, we are both fighters and we always want to fight. To tell the truth, I wanted to fight him when I saw him this morning.
Pride: We all know that the martial arts are as much mental as they are physical. How do you prepare mentally for your fights?
Silva: We have physical preparations in our academy, of course, but we also have mental training. Our coaches make us prepared, both physically and mentally.
Pride: How do they do that?
Silva: Our trainer, Fujimar, makes us believe that we can fight and win. He makes us very confident that we can win. Also, everyone knows that Wanderlei Silva is the Middleweight Champion and our coach makes me confident that I can be Heavyweight Champion. So, now I'm going to have a very good fight and in the future I hope I can be the Champion.
Pride: How do you want to feel right before the fight? Aggressive or calm?
Silva: I'm usually very relaxed in the hotel. When I'm warming up for the fight, I want to be more aggressive. I think it's important since we have work to do. I make all the anger inside me come to my mind.
Pride: Everyone knows that Chute Boxe fighters go crazy in the ring but are they relaxed in their mind while they fight?
Silva: Calm. When we are training with Fujimar, we fight vale tudo almost 2 or 3 times per day. When we are fighting, we are just doing what we do in training. That's the reason we are very calm.
Pride: Prior to become involved in vale tudo yourself, who or what inspired you to enter MMA?
Silva: I started martial arts when I was 13. At that time, I was a big fan of Bruce Lee. I admired him. I saw his movies and I thought he was a very impressive fighter. That's why I started training. After that, I thought what you see in the movies is very different from a real fight. Then, I started to like Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali because I was very fond of boxing. Also, I started to train in Thai boxing. Now, I admire Wanderlei Silva, Ninja Rua, Anderson Silva and Fujimar because I think they are the best in the world.
Pride: When did you start training in Chute Boxe?
Silva: 4 years ago.