M-1 Challenge middleweight champion spoke ahead of M-1 Challenge 98, where he faces Brazilian Bruno Blindado Silva.
Bruno Silva is a worthy title challenger, who made a big statement earlier this year. Unfortunately, I could not debut in the UFC because of an aggravated old injury, but now everything is fine and the injury is healed. I’ve been preparing routinely, paying attention to all aspects of the fight and concentrating on my cardio ahead of a five round bout.
I don’t consider this fight as a revenge for Alexander Shlemenko, I just want to fight under the Russian flag and prove that Russia is a top-country in the MMA world.
Victory in this fight can become a launch pad for the winner, but you don’t win fights with words. We are going to fight and on November 2nd we’ll see everything in the Rage at M-1 Challenge 98 in Chelyabinsk!