Newly crowned Strikeforce light heavyweight champ, Rafael ‘Feijão’ Cavalcante spoke with Tatame Magazine recently regarding his training partner, Anderson Silva. Feijão seemed more than confident in Anderson Silva’s odds to win his next fight against fellow Brazilian, Vitor Belfort. The factor of all around versatility and heart is said to be higher than Belforts, as he has trained with both explained Feijao.

“I believe a lot on Anderson’s game, said Feijao. Not because he trains with me, but because he’s a hard guy to fight against, and I taste a bit of it every single day. He’s a very versatile guy, changes his style a lot, has the capacity of playing any kind of game, he can play standing up or on the floor”, commented Feijão, pointing out the superiority on the heart item. “He proved on his last fight he handles to be hit for 23 minutes and still win the fight. Heart is everything. On a fight, the guy has to have a heart, be a warrior and, on this last item, Anderson is way ahead”.

When asked about the condition of the rib injury Silva received prior to his last five round bout with Chael Sonnen.

“We were training together since before I went to Cuiabá, but he was still feeling his rib a little. But he’s fine now”, comments Rafael, believing that the duel will be unforgettable. “He will be on his peak, it’ll be the fight of the year. On the two or three initial minutes, Vitor is dangerous for anyone. Anderson is an athlete, complete. I’m crazy to see how this fight will be like, it’ll be a great fight.”

Source: Tatame