Unbeaten phenom Joshua Silveira is less than a week away from fighting for the LFA light heavyweight strap. The American Top Team affiliate carries a 100% finish rate with him into his biggest opportunity to date.
Before heading into battle, Silveira provided a final update on his training camp at ATT, shared his thoughts on the matchup with Jesse Murray, his idea of increasing his value to ensure longevity in this sport, and more. The 28-year-old possesses one of the sharpest minds in the sport to coincide with his elite talents.
Joshua Silveira Interview
After securing an opening-round submission victory in his first headlining slot at LFA 106, Silveira received the call to compete for a championship. He jumped right back into camp in preparation for this massive opportunity.
“Training camp’s been going well man,” he replied, “Hit a few bumps in the road like any other camp, but it’s been going good. I’ve got a lot of good Jiu-Jitsu in, some good boxing rounds, but right now the work is done so we’re just coasting until we head into battle.”
Less than a week out from his LFA title bout, Silveira knows that he’s in the right place at the right time. His training and support system have prepared him to seize this moment in order to take full advantage of it.
“I’m super grateful and blessed for this opportunity, but I know I’m exactly where I need to be,” Silveira affirmed. “That’s the main part in my mind, I’m not too surprised to where I’m like ‘oh here I am fighting for an LFA title I never thought this would happen’. Instead, it’s coming along according to the game plan that my dad, myself, and my team drew up. Not every plan goes accordingly, but we’re definitely heading in the right direction.”
If Silveira picks up his sixth consecutive finish at LFA 110, you can bet your bottom dollar that promotions like the UFC will be calling him for his services. The proud member of ATT acknowledges that he couldn’t do it without his team, while also ensuring that he won’t be rushing into anything.
“I feel great about that,” he said, “And you know my team, my father, all my other coaches, it’s entirely a group effort. If we feel that signing with a big company is the next step then let’s do it, but I like LFA and what they’ve been doing for me. I’ve liked climbing the ladder gradually and building up little by little. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon at the end of the day. I feel like everybody should take their time in this sport.”
“If all the boxes are checked and we’re ready to go then we’ll sign somewhere else,” Silveira continued, “I’m fighting for a 205 (lbs.) belt, it’s not my real weight class, I actually had to bulk up a bit. Who knows though, maybe I’ll get this belt then in September or October I’ll go down to 185 (lbs.) and try to snag that belt.”
In this Joshua Silveira interview, he made it clear that he’s not in the business of chasing checks at this point in time. Rather, he’s focused on building up his own value so he can be fully prepared when he makes his inevitable debut for a top-level promotion.
“At the end of the day if I’m not getting paid more it’s not a problem,” he explained. “Everyone’s so crazy about signing to the UFC and Bellator, but you have to have a reason why you’re going. A lot of guys just go to be a part of the show, but that’s all the wrong reasons in my opinion. There’s no point in going to the UFC just to make like 30 grand. To be honest I work extremely hard and I want to capitalize that way I have longevity in this sport man.”
Joshua Silveira takes on Ohio native Jesse Murray in the LFA 110 headliner. Silveira feels as though he has what it takes to break his opponent’s will in order to secure the belt.
“I don’t know too much because there’s not a ton of tape on him,” he stated. “I know he’s a regional guy from Ohio so he has to wrestle because that’s a big wrestling state. I know he’s also a Muay Thai guy, but I also noticed that he’s breakable and that’s where I come in. I don’t want to force anything so my game plan is to break him down little by little until he’s broken.”
You can watch LFA 110: Silveira vs Murray Friday, July 2nd, streaming live on UFC Fight Pass. The main card is scheduled to kick off at 9:00 PM (ET).
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