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EXCLUSIVE | Thiago Silva Explains Exodus From ATT, New Home At Blackzilians | BJPENN.COM RADIO


Entering the final month of preparation before his June 8 fight against Rafael Cavalcante, Thiago Silva took some time Wednesday night to talk with BJPenn.com Radio about the upcoming bout.  Having a rather difficult past two years, Silva (14-3-2) fought four times in 2010-2011, losing two and having two fights ruled No Contest.  In need of a change, Silva moved his training from American Top Team to the Blackzilian camp last fall.

With the move came some rumors about Silva’s motivation for leaving American Top Team.  Thiago had voiced some displeasure with the camp, citing a lack of good coaching.  At the Blackzilian camp, he feels like he has found a place to come back to his winning ways.

“Man, I feel great at the Blackzilians right now.  They have a very good facility, very good coaches.  The teammates, we are very together, you know, we help each other.  I’m so happy, you know, it’s my dream come true… What can I say?  Everything is going perfect, nothing to complain about.”

One of the rumors surrounding Thiago’s departure from ATT centered around a dispute between him and a recent addition to the camp, Hector Lombard.  Silva said that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“No, of course not,” Thiago said of the dispute.  “I like Hector a lot, he’s a very good friend of mine.  Actually he was one of the best training [partners] I had when I was training there.  I just left American Top Team because the training over there wasn’t that good, like I expect[ed].  That’s why I left American Top Team, not because of Hector or something like that.  Like I said, I really like Hector, he’s a very good fighter and a very good person.”

All of the rumors, “that’s a lie, man, that’s a lie.  Hector, like I said, he’s a very nice guy, a very good friend.  I like him very, very much.  I have nothing to say bad against him, just good things.  He’s a very good guy, man.”

The nature of the rumors, Thiago said, could have come from people watching their sparring matches.  He said, “People who see me and him training, it’s like a live [fight], you know.  We [are] really training hard, we try to knock out each other.  Hard training is fight, if you train too soft, when you step into the cage you going to feel the pressure.  As much hard as you’re training, you’re going to be better when you fight.  That’s what I mean.  I think he has the same mentality, and when we used to train together we used to train very, very hard.”

In any case, Thiago Silva is training hard with the Blackzilians to bounce back from a frustrating past few fights.  He is certain, coming into this fight, that fans will see the Thiago of old.

“No, definitely you guys [are] gonna see the same Thiago Silva, but even more aggressive.”

Thiago will face Rafael Cavalcante at UFC on Fuel TV 10 on June 8 live from the Paulo Sarasate Gymnasium in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.
Be sure to check out the first two parts to this interview, where Thiago goes in-depth about his next fight and talks about some hot topics in MMA today. You can listen to the entire episode of BJPenn.com Radio here or in the player below.

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