In the week leading up to UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi the two headline fighters Anderson Silva and Demian Maia appear to be in no doubt that this is going to be a classic striker Vs grappler match-up.
There’s nothing new in that, but the extra spice here is that it’s not just any old striker or grappler – it’s arguably the best striker in MMA versus the best Jiu-Jitsu expert competing in the sport.
Watch what both fighters had to say to the UFC about the fight in their interviews below…
Key Quote: “The world of Jiu-Jitsu wants to see this fight just the same as the world of stand-up wants to see this fight. He does have the credentials to be fighting for the title. He’s a great fighter, and he’s a great challenge.”
Key Quote: “I know he’s gonna come into knock me out. At the same time I’m going for the submission really bad – if I’ve got his arm or his neck he’s going to be in trouble.”
Anderson Silva and Demian Maia Highlights: