Article

Eurosport - UFC: Irvin to rely on brute strength

James Irvin says he has not wasted much time trying to work out a gameplan for when he meets the world's top pound-for-pound fighter Anderson Silva on Saturday in what will be Silva's debut at light-heavyweight.

James Irvin says he has not wasted much time trying to work out a gameplan for when he meets the world's top pound-for-pound fighter Anderson Silva on Saturday in what will be Silva's debut at light-heavyweight.

Silva is regarded as one of the most multi-faceted fighters in mixed martial arts, and Irvin has quickly understood the futility of trying to map out a technical game plan with Silva.

Instead, Irvin has decided he's simply going to go in and brawl with Silva and hope that his size and strength wins out over Silva's speed, quickness and precision striking.

"I won't back down for a second from him," said Irvin. "That doesn't mean I will go crazy - he's the best fighter in the world for a reason and I respect that.

Click here for the entire story

Sunday, June 25
9PM/6PM
ETPT
Oklahoma City, OK

Media

Recent
Watch all the faceoffs from the Fight Night Oklahoma City weigh-ins, including main event rivals Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa. Don't miss all the action Sunday on FS1.
Jun 24, 2017
Watch all the fighters from Fight Night Oklahoma City weigh-in at Saturday's weigh-in.
Jun 24, 2017
Watch the post-fight press conference live following the event.
Jun 25, 2017
Former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks is feeling right at home in his new weight class of 185 pounds. He's excited to start climbing the ladder toward the title with his next matchup against Tim Boetsch in Oklahoma City.
Jun 23, 2017