Alex “Little Rock” Silva is excited about his upcoming bout in Bangkok, Thailand.
“Little Rock” knows he has a mountain of a task ahead of him, but he feels ready for the climb back to the top.
Although he fell just short in that attempt, Silva is more motivated than ever to lace up the gloves and resume his training for when the next opportunity arrives.
“I feel good and I haven’t stopped training since my last match,” he said. “So when they announced my next match, all I did was just up the intensity.”
After capturing his first ONE Strawweight World Title in the Impact Arena less than two years ago, “Little Rock” has only fond memories of the Thai capital.
“It almost feels like destiny to have my match against Rahardian in Bangkok,” Silva recalled. “The first time when I was there, I watched Naito defeat my Evolve teammate Dejdamrong and take the belt away from my team. So, the second time when I went there, I won the belt and brought it back to our team.”
Although both athletes would like the win, Silva is on a personal mission to turn things around for his team.
Rahardian is also searching for a win in 2019 after a narrow defeat at the hands of Robin Catalan at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY in his hometown of Indonesia.
While “Little Rock” anticipates a fiery contest, he downplays any hostile feelings toward his rival and understands that a win here will put him right back on the winning track.
“I respect Rahardian. We have talked before and there is mutual respect, but I believe I am a better athlete in mixed martial arts than he is,” Silva said. “I need to get back to victory, and unfortunately for him, he happens to be in my way.”
The Brazilian is also itching to get his hands dirty by grappling with “The Lion,” who he expects will want to take the contest to the canvas.
A Copa de Mundo BJJ World Champion, Silva is most happy to oblige, especially since he has long craved a submission win.
His last victory – an armbar over Hayato Suzuki – was nearly two years ago. “Little Rock” believes the submission victory will elude him no longer come Friday.
“I want to go there and feel how the fight goes, but I definitely plan to use my grappling for this match,” Silva remarked. “I will finish this fight like I used to do, and I see this ending in a first-round submission win.”
Though he is eager to resume his hunt for the ONE Strawweight World Title, the Brazilian is looking at this opportunity as a fresh start.
“I don’t think about how many fights I have left before I am a contender to the World Title,” Silva explained. “Right now, I just want to go out there, do what I love, compete, and see what opens up after I win.”
Silva is no stranger to adversity in the cage, but admits it was his experiences in the BJJ circuit that reinforced the saying, ‘tough times don’t last, and only tough people do.’
“I would get knocked out in the first round, but I continued to compete in another tournament, and I remembered losing all five tournaments in a year,” Silva said. “But I came back the next year and won the World Championship.”
Unmoved by the result of his last match, “Little Rock” is rolling with the punches and the Singapore resident hopes his fans will tune in so they can celebrate his victory together.
“If you give up on the bad days, you won’t be able to enjoy the good days,” Silva said. “I have never given up, and so for me, this is a special time. From the first minute to the last, the fans will see that I will give everything that I have to get the win.”
Fans can watch Silva compete, and the rest of the ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD card, by downloading the ONE Super App and tuning in at 6:30pm SGT.