Thiago Silva (13-1) is looking to rebound after suffering his first ever loss to Lyoto Machida (15-0) this past January at UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, who faces Keith Jardine (14-6-1) this Saturday at UFC 102, noted that the loss was difficult for him to handle.
“It was very tough to deal with. I did not sleep for several nights,” Thiago Silva told UFC.com of his loss to Machida.
“Man, I lost! That was the first time ever, this is extremely painful,” he continued. “My soul got hurt, man. That was a lack of strategy. The guy is [expetive] good, very hard to fight against. Two minutes into the fight I had already lost my head.”
Silva noted that support from his wife and his American Top Team teammates kept his spirits up.
“My wife Thaysa supported me a lot; if she did not have patience, this could have been worse than it was,” he stated. “ATT and my wife were at my side, and after a couple of days I could face the storm.”
Silva is now looking ahead to his fight with Jardine at UFC 102. He says he learned a lot from his loss to Machida, and vows not to make the same mistakes he made at UFC 94.
“In defeat we learn lessons, and I am looking to recapture what I lost and this will be against Jardine… the mistakes made against Machida will not happen again,“ he said. “I am going out there to kill or be killed.”
UFC 102 takes place in Portland, Oregon this Saturday, August 29th. Headlining the event will be former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture facing off against former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.