EXCLUSIVE | Jay Silva Opens Up On The Highs And Lows Of Being A Fighter | Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio
Jay Silva has an exciting fight coming up opposite Jacen Flynn Feb 15 on the MFC fight card. Silva tells BJPenn.com’s FIST-ta-CUFF Radio he’s feeling ready, cutting weight & wants to get the fight over with. He wants to fight & is ready for some pasta, pizza and burgers. Some fighters will go ahead and eat whatever they like after weigh-ins but Jay Silva usually waits until after the fight to eat whatever he wants. During the radio show, he talks about a good number of people in the fight game cutting crazy amounts of weight like 10-15 lbs 2 days before their bout.
“I don’t do what most fighters do. I don’t go heavy until all the way to the fight and then they cut the 10 or 15 lbs or whatever they need. I cut all the way to the fight. Right now I’m only 6 or 7 lbs over and I have til Friday to cut it. Hopefully when I get on the plane Wednesday I’m like 186, 187 lbs. So I don’t have to cut that much weight when I get there – just 2 lbs. and time to go.
If I have time, that’s fine. If you have time to do it that’s fine but when you don’t have time to do the weight cut – that’s the difficult one”
Jay talks about watching the 1st episode of The Utlitmate Fighter & stepping into Renzo Gracie’s academy
“You know when people talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time when something bad happens to them? With me, it was the opposite for my career. I just so happen to be the right place at the right time & I happen to meet the right people. I’m training with Rampage, Cheik Congo and Michael Bisping, Mark Munoz. It’s amazing – I was fighting for 2 yrs and made it to the UFC. I knew people who were fighting 10 years and never made it to the UFC. I accomplished everything in my career in such a short period of time that it got to my head. I was young and naïve. I didn’t know how to handle things when I got there but hey – it happens. Knowing what I know now I believe I’m a different person…. I will be a champion this year.”
Jay Silva talked about being at his best with a full training camp although he took many fights on late notice and was asked if it’s hurt his career in the past
“That’s my life story. That’s the way those managers want. They just want that money. They don’t care about you. They want to do favors for promoters so they put you in whatever they think is good and they go – Okay, I believe in you – yeah, yeah, yeah – you can win, win, win. I know I can win those fights but not on short notice. In my head, I can beat everybody - I’m a fighter – I’m broke. They talk about good money so f*c* yea – I’ll do it but that’s the wrong mentality.
Now I grew up a little bit more and I’m like wait a minute it’s not such a good idea. That’s not worth it. That’s what I’m looking to do this year. I’ve got a full training camp and I’m ready.”
Listen to Jay Silva’s interview at BJPenn.com’s FIST-ta-CUFF Radio