Ricardo Arona, a former PRIDE fighter who went 8-4 in the organization and handed Silva his first loss at middleweight under the banner, spoke with Brazilian-centric MMA site Tatame.com and shared his thoughts on the upcoming fight at UFC 92 between Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The third showdown between these two former PRIDE and now current UFC light-heavyweights will happen on December 27.
“Quinton is a great fighter, but only when he’s doing well in the fight. When he fights someone like me or Wanderlei he doesn’t like it, tries the takedowns and get lost. Wanderlei needs to do the same gameplan, doesn’t need to change anything. Quinton has a [expletive] hand, if he hits you, you’ll feel it, but it’s the perfect game for Wanderlei”.
In addition to his prediction of who will be the dominant man when Wandy and Rampage go at it, Arona spoke on Silva’s recent mauling of Keith “Dean of Mean” Jardine.
“I have said before that if Wanderlei gets to the fight hungry, he’d knock Jardine out quickly. Jardine’s style is something I like to face, I go there and take him down when I want to, and I knew that’s the perfect game for Wanderlei too. Jardine came closer to him and that were the perfect fight for Wanderlei, Keith has no game to defeat him”.
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