They say you can always go home again and Antonio Silva is doing just that.
“Bigfoot” has decided to part ways with the Blackzilians in Florida and return to American Top Team for training in preparation for his fight with Roy Nelson at UFC 146 on May 26. The fight will be part of the main card, also boasting Junior dos Santos defending his UFC heavyweight title against Alistair Overeem.
Silva has not fought since falling in the semifinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix last year to Daniel Cormier.
“In 2009, after I fought (Fabrico) Werdum, I decided to leave the team but I talked to everyone,” said Silva, in a recent interview with TATAME. “I decided to diversify, have my own training camp.”
By returning to ATT, Silva will benefit from learning tips on “Big Country” from both Dos Santos and Werdum, who have each been inside the Octagon with Nelson. Both fighters earned decision victories over the former Ultimate Fighter winner.
“It’s one thing training and setting a good game plan,” Silva said. “Another thing is knowing things from guys he has fought, to know how strong he is, the way he moves. Those tips will be very welcome.”
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MMATraining Take: Having the experience of dos Santos and Werdum to train with should help make Silva a better fighter. The key, though, will be in Silva finding a way to avoid the takedowns of Nelson and the one-punch power that he does hold in his hands.