By Guilherme Cruz
Photo Marcelo Alonso
One of the American Top Team leaders, Marcos Conan Silveira is celebrating the great phase of the team in the United Stated. With more than 40 branches around the country, Conan is preparing his athletes for their next fights, and spoke with TATAME.com about some of them. Check below that Conan says about Thiago Alves, Gesias Cavalcante, Alessio Sakara, Thiago Silva, Mike Brown and Bobby Lashley:
Thiago “Pitbull” Alves vs.
“I’d like to start answering this question with 1000% sure that he’ll be the man to defeat the champion,
Alessio Sakara vs. Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares – UFC 101:
“It’s been a different training, a specific one, because we have to compensate what Toquinho is on the ground and what Sakara is standing, which is excellent. We’re balancing his training. I’m sure it’ll be another win for us, besides thinking it’ll be a tough fight."
Thiago Silva vs. Keith Jardine – UFC 102:
"Obviously, we had a plan set for Forrest Griffin, but thanks God we had the ability and tools to change the training. And it’s already done. This changing won’t affect too much, because we have now two more weeks of training. We’ll focus now on Jardine, and I’m 1000% sure he’ll win it, because he’s tougher than Jardine."
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri – Dream 9:
"One of ours strongest points is that we’re serious about the opponent. When the fighter is a focused guy like Gesias and many others, top professionals, he’ll go inside in this fight, for sure. He’s training a lot, doing everything. I have nothing else to say, besides it’s another win for us."
Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber II – WEC 41:
"You wants to know how is Mike’s training to win again, fight? (laughs). He’s another incredible fighter, a guy who deserves to be where he is now. He’s a good person, a tough kid, and sees the fight like if it was his first one. That’s what makes us work even more in the fighter and his philosophy, not let the champion go up to the head and make the fighter lose his way. In other words, he’s the champion and remain the champion for a long time, but the training is like if it was his first opportunity to fight."
Mike Brown vs. Wagnney Fabiano or José Aldo:
"Those would be tough fights, each one of them are great fighters. But I believe Mike would defeat them."
Is Bobby Lashley the next Brock Lesnar?
"He has a bright future, he’ll be in the best events soon. We want him to be better than Lesnar. I don’t wanna demerit Lesnar, but I think he had too much rush. Bobby, besides being a natural athlete, is a person who was born to fight. He’s doing a great transition to MMA and will fight now on May 15, I think, at