The fighters met the media for an open workout yesterday and here are some quotes and pics:
“I am really happy to be in Chicago and I have enjoyed my time here.
“This is going to be a good fight. Brett Rogers is good opponent who is undefeated. Fighting in a cage will be different, but I have trained in a cage before.’’
“My opponent is very dangerous and I expect a very difficult fight. He has lost a couple fights but they were to good fighters, so there may be some people who are underestimating him. But I am not.
“This fight will last longer than my last one, which I was actually hoping would last longer. But I don’t think there is any way this will go the distance.’’
“I’m going to turn this into a brawl. I’m not interested in turning it into a hugging contest, which is what he may do. I want to keep the fight at a fast pace, while I think Jake will want to slow it down and grind it out.
“It’s possible, if I have my way, and Shields does his part, that we will have the fight of the night.’’
“I want to fight the best, but my focus is always on my next fight. So, right now, my concentration is totally on Silva. I have to win Saturday so I can continue to do what I want to do.’’
“I had a fight in late September, but that only lasted one round (3:51). But I trained very hard before that and I trained very hard after it. I’ve been training daily for about four straight months.
“There was a time, in the beginning, after I was told I couldn’t fight, that I actually doubted that I’d be able to fight again. But as time went on, and things progressed and everything was solved, I became more confident.
“Still, it was a huge relief when I was told I could fight again. I am ready for Saturday and prepared for anything he has to offer and ready to go anywhere the fight goes.’’