fighting sensation Jean Da Silva talks to Carl Fisher at Cagewarriors 3, Southampton,
UK, March 16th 2003
are you fighting this evening Jean?
am fighting the Hungarian Laszlo Forro, who fought in Cagewarriors 2 and hes
a tough fighter, so I am taking the fight very seriously; I have been training
two months in Brazil for the fight and am looking forward to stepping into the
cage once again.
do you train in Brazil?
train with my team in Brazil, we have a very good mixture of strikers and grapplers
and I need to travel there to train when I prepare for my fights as they are very
good at getting me into shape. The academy is in the city of Joao Pessoa, which
is in the state of Paraiba and its called Gracie Barra Paraiba and Im
a brown belt there. I have two instructors out there, one is a BJJ black belt
and the other is a black belt in Judo and I also have a very good Thai instructor.
do you train in the UK?
train with the Elite fighting team under Dave O Donnell and have been training
with the guys for some time now; they look after me and get me into shape for
fights in the UK.
your fight at Cagewarriors 2 last year, you have the crowd an unexpected demonstration
of Capoeira; where do you train this art?
think everybody in Brazil have trained Capoeira at school and I think its
inside every Brazilian and I love Capoeira, its a very different way to
fight and I like to use the Capoeira when I fight in the ring and I like to entertain
the crowds here in the UK.
did you end up fighting here in the UK?
compiled a tape of all my best fights from Brazil and sent them across to a friend
of mine in the UK and he in turn gave the tape to a number of promoters in the
UK; from there I was invited to fight in NHB events and after doing well in Cagewarriors
and Millennium Brawl I have been a regular on the fight circuit.
competitions have you fought in Brazil?
have been in the IVC events and a number of Judo championships and as soon as
I came to the UK I entered the Gracie Submission Wrestling Championships and won
my division and have fought in Cage Rage as well as MB and Cagewarriors.
to Cagewarriors 2 last year, where you fought Sammy Schiavo, this was probably
one of the fights of 2002; what are your thoughts on the fight?
the people there who thought this was the fight of the night or fight of the year,
for me it was the fight of my life, a really important fight both from a physical
and psychological point of view. Sammy is an extremely hard fighter and throughout
the fight I was trying to submit him, that was the only way I could beat him,
there is no way you can knock this guy out. Right at the end I took him by surprise
and I managed to take his back and I choked him out, but it was a very hard fight
fight you managed to get back in the cage to do the Capoeira demo; where did you
get the energy for such a display after such a hard fight?
you practice Capoeira it becomes a part of you and once you hear the birimbau,
its just impossible to keep still, all you want to do is go out there and
play. After the fight the doctor examined me and I had a broken nose and fractured
rib, but it didnt stop me from getting in the cage when the music started.
will we be seeing any Capoeira tonight in your fight?
always try to put a little Capoeira in my fights and I like to entertain the UK
crowds; with fights at this level, you have to be careful but Ill be looking
for the right time to show off a few moves.
are an established and popular fighter in the UK now; isnt it about time
you started having a few title fights?
course that is the plan, to be recognised as a good fighter, but its finding
the right opportunity at the right time and I am sure that when the moment comes
Ill take the chance and take the title.
do you plan to do after this fight?
have been talking to Dougie Truman and am trying to arrange a fight with Tony
Dedolph, which is going to be one hell of a fight, but I cant say anything
too positive yet as I need to speak to Dougie to make this happen.
last words to your fans Jean?
what people have seen of my fights, I always try my best to entertain the crowd
and being there to have a good time and I will try my best to entertain the crowds
in the my future fights and Id like to thank all my fans for their continued
to Walter Cruz for the translation; promoters interested in Jean can contact him
Interview and photo
links: James Schiavo Interview