Poetically, the shared combat date will mark the beginning for one particular fighter and a potential conclusion for the other. Yanez (11-3 MMA, – UFC) will make his advertising debut from Victor Rodriguez on the prelims just before the legendary Silva would make potentially his closing stroll to the octagon in the key event.
“To me, the most significant cherry on leading is that I’m preventing on Anderson Silva’s retirement card,” Yanez not long ago advised MMA Junkie. “To me, it would make my (UFC debut) a lot a lot more thrilling.”
Yanez grew up seeing Silva and admired the former UFC middleweight champion’s prolonged title reign, knockout prowess and public demeanor. Becoming a enthusiast of “The Spider” was simple, recalled Yanez.
“I really don’t see how folks could not search up to him. He’s delicate spoken, and any time he would move into the cage it was anything particular,” Yanez claimed. “Man, that front-kick knockout of Vitor Belfort will for good be embedded in everybody’s head. He was the initially fighter to be undertaking people varieties of nuts points and creating it appear tremendous quick. It’s one of those people matters. If you weren’t on the lookout up to Anderson Silva as a fighter, I do not think you ended up a battle admirer.”
If he’d achieved Silva all through UFC on ESPN+ 39 battle week, Yanez would probably fanboy out. It would be a wrestle not to when he’s in the existence of one of his idols.
“I feel I could possibly get rid of a tear since that is a guy who I idolized for a lengthy time,” Yanez mentioned. “I’ll tell you correct now: I would in all probability not be in a position to talk if I have been to run into Cain Velasquez or Anderson Silva, it’s possible even Frankie Edgar or Jose Aldo. People guys, guy. I respect those people men so significantly and what they’ve completed for the activity. I would not be capable to discuss. At the close of the working day, I’m even now a enthusiast.”
Irrespective of his sentimental facet, Yanez would like to make a assertion in his UFC debut. On Dana White’s Contender Series in August, Yanez flattened Brady Huang in 39 seconds to earn a UFC agreement. On Saturday, Yanez predicts followers can see a thing very similar when he fights fellow newcomer Rodriguez (7-2 MMA, – UFC) in a bantamweight battle.
“(My last battle) was just (for) to get a contract and into the UFC,” Yanez explained. “Man, now that I’ve got the chance to get $50,000? Of class, yeah. You’re heading to see me gunning for that $50,000. Not for a deal, for $50,000. I’m going to be throwing a tiny little bit far more heaters his way, man. Ideally they all can hook up.”
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