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Claudio Silva

Claudio Silva Cage Fighter & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

Claudio Silva was one of our very first Interviews. We bumped into Claudio at The TUFF Grappling Tournament being held at Medway Park Sports Centre where he with some other guys to compete in the absolute category.
 
This led on to us heading to London and Diesel Gym 2 for a seminar Claudio was holding to raise money for Brazilian Street Kids and his charity Educar Jiu-Jitsu. He also gave us his thoughts on why BAMMA wasn't giving him a title shot.
 
But first here's an interview Dan did with BJJ and Cage Fighter Claudio Silva.

Claudio Silva Interview

 Claudio Silva
Claudio Silva is a 29-year-old BJJ black belt from Brazil who was trained under Ricardo Viera, one of the most recognised instructors for the sport in the world. Claudio is currently working out of Shootfighters in London. Just the name of the place can make opposition very weary of these guys as it’s respected training camp in the UK and worldwide. He started his career as a welterweight in his early days. He then took three years out from MMA. On his return it was clear that whatever he did in his time away he was now back a stronger, faster and far more skillfull athlete. He moved up to middleweight which showed he must have been training with the bigger guys in his absence. He travels the UK and Europe for BJJ and grappling tournaments, bringing with him the top guys that are training under him. They more often than not win these tournaments. Claudio is the current WFC Middleweight Champion. He has won his last eight MMA fights, of which six were via submission. He beat Jean-Francois Lenogue at BAMMA 5 by rear naked choke in 2 minutes 51 seconds. He also beat Matt Ewin at WFC2 last July. 

Daniel Towers: Hi Claudio it’s a pleasure to meet you. How are you? 
Claudio Silva: I am very well thank you.

DT: Claudio you are current WFC middleweight champion, what is next for you?
CS: I am currently in talks of a fight with Tom (king) Watson, but it is not going to happen just yet as Tom is stalling.
 
DT: Is this because he is avoiding you?
CS: I do not like to comment but I think this guy does not want to fight with me. A lot of politics are involved in this sport now so very difficult until the fight signed. You just do not know what is going to happen.
 
DT: If the Watson fight does not happen what then?
CS: I have been asked to go to Dubai to fight a guy over there. But they are just offering $1000 for this. I am very busy training at Shootfighters and you know Dan that this place has had some great fighters train here...believe me there are many more to come to.
 
 DT: Do you feel that’s a bit of an insult really to go to Dubai for such a small amount?
CS: Yes you no. I am working very hard at my gym, on my own skills and a lot of my time training BJJ to the guys who I have with me today. To go to Dubai for this money makes no sense at all. If you are in your early MMA career this is good but for me I just do not no know.
 
DT: You are currently fighting at middleweight, is this where you will prefer to stay?
CS: No I am thinking to return to welter weight as this is my preferred weight and my skills at this weight are my best.
 
DT: The UFC looms in the future. At welterweight you would enter in the same division as George St Pierre?
CS: Yes he is a good champion but I would have to work my way to him. When you are at the top in small company, the move to big company puts you back at bottom. But I am working to get to this and my life is MMA and BJJ.
 
DT: The UFC looms in the future. At welterweight you would enter in the same division as George St Pierre?
CS: Yes he is a good champion but I would have to work my way to him. When you are at the top in small company, the move to big company puts you back at bottom. But I am working to get to this and my life is MMA and BJJ.
 
DT: That’s very true. He is a great wrestler/grappler. Your BJJ skills are well known as being the best in the UK. Do you think GSP would find you a difficult opponent as you can match his ground skills?
CS: GSP is a dream fight for me but I have to take step at time. But my ground and submission skills are getting better you are right.
 
DT: You won the Submission 1000 11 championship. How was that?
CS: It was great tournament. I was very happy to win this. There was some great people in this and that makes winning better for me.
 
DT: Thank you Claudio for taking time to talk to me..
CS: Thank you very much for talking to me...
 
Claudio Talks BAMMA in this video interview
 
 
 
1st April 2012