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“I Will Submit Him” – Alex Silva Reckons He Will Finish Keito Yamakita on the Canvas

Published 03/21/2023, 3:04 AM EDT

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Alex “Little Rock” Silva hopes to wrap up his battle at ONE Fight Night 8: Superlek vs. Rodtang on Prime Video how he does best, with a vice-like submission. The former ONE Strawweight World Champion faces Keito Yamakita inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium this Friday, March 24, and as he has done in the past, he plans to put an end to the hype surrounding another rising star.

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Now aged 40, Silva knows he will now have to cross paths with younger prospects quite often in the Circle if he wants to continue competing at the highest level. But instead of being daunted by that thought, he wants to use it to power him through his training camps with renewed motivation.


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Alex Silva is unperturbed about Keito Yamakita’s superb record

‘Little Rock’ said, “He’s good, young, and a champion. He has all of my respect. I think this is a good matchup. He looks like a very well-rounded fighter. He’s a champion in Japan. I love this kind of challenge. This is what motivates me to keep fighting.”

Yamakita has put together a spotless 7-0 resume since turning professional in February 2020, and he has got there with submissions, knockouts, and a collection of lopsided decision wins. His four-year undefeated streak doesn’t phase Silva, however. In fact, he’s looking forward to facing a foe of such caliber.


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‘Little Rock’s’ experience, BJJ skills, and drive to win have helped him triumph against rivals young and old. And he has stopped two unbeaten Japanese fighters already in his storied ONE tenure, having ended Hayato Suzuki’s 15-0 run with an 82-second armbar in 2017 and Yoshitaka Naito’s 12-0 resume after a five-round war.

Silva predicted how and when he would finish his Japanese opponent

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If all goes to plan, the Evolve MMA representative wants Yamakita to be yet another star from the “Land Of The Rising Sun” who loses his spotless record at his hands. Silva added, “I think my experience is my advantage, and I always bring and believe in my jiu-jitsu. I will submit him in the second or third round.”


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Fans in the U.S. and Canada can watch this strawweight tilt at ONE Fight Night 8: Superlek vs. Rodtang on Prime Video live for free with an Amazon Prime subscription this Friday, March 24.



Souvik Roy

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Souvik Roy is currently a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. An avid UFC follower, Souvik combined his love for the sport and his passion for words to turn his interest into his Livelihood. A Diploma holder in Electrical Engineering, Souvik has worked as a Freelance Link Builder and Content Writer previously and wrote for various clients and businesses.

Edited By: Amal Joyce