In 2019, Claudio Silva began the method of transferring to Florida full-time so he may practice at American High Workforce. However earlier than he did that, he wanted to journey again to London to make the transfer official. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe, and “Hannibal” was caught.
Now, the Brazilian welterweight finds himself in a scary scenario. He’s lived in London for greater than a decade, and he hasn’t seen Canary Wharf so abandoned in his life.
“It’s very distressing,” Silva instructed MMA Preventing. “I don’t suppose anybody on the planet thought we’d undergo a scenario like this. I reside in London and the streets are abandoned. It seems like we’re strolling in a ghost city. I reside in one of the populous neighborhoods in England, one of the populous areas, and I don’t see something occurring.
“I don’t see anybody within the streets, shops are closed, locations I’d by no means think about at the moment are empty. Streets are desert. It’s very unhappy to see town like this.”
With lockdown orders forcing gyms to shut doorways, Silva mentioned he’s coaching greater than ever along with his mates. A Russian weightlifter coordinates his energy and conditioning whereas one other serves as his kickboxing associate.
“I’ve by no means been so sturdy,” Silva mentioned. “Amazingly, I’m coaching extra now than earlier than so I don’t keep at house, I don’t stick with my thoughts empty. There’s a park proper in entrance of the place I reside, so I’m all the time coaching. We will keep on the park for an hour to coach, so I’m utilizing this time to work on my weak spots and rethink life. I hope the world inhabitants comes out of this quarantine as higher human beings.”
Unbeaten since 2007 and victorious in 5 octagon appearances, Silva (14-1) can’t enter the U.S. proper now. However he would “completely” conform to be a part of considered one of UFC’s deliberate “Battle Island” exhibits.
“I’m able to combat right this moment,” he mentioned. “Simply ship the jet, as a result of I’m prepared. I’ll combat any top-10 or top-15 [fighter] – I deserve it. I’m coming off 5 straight wins with three submissions on the planet’s largest promotion, and I haven’t fought a high contender but. I’m all the time educated and able to combat.”
Silva mentioned he gained’t be doing it for cash as a result of he’s financially “comfy,” however he added, “I wanna combat and add extra wins to my file.” His UFC run contains victories over the likes of Leon Edwards, Nordine Taleb and Danny Roberts.
“I hope they name me,” he mentioned. “I do know the UFC has 100s of athletes below contract, and it’s not straightforward to get everybody a combat, however I hope I get a name, as a result of I’m undefeated within the UFC.”