Saturday night will mark the second UFC event inside of the same week. UFN 32, the seventh fight card held in Brazil this year, and the third one headlined by a fight featuring Vitor Belfort, promises to be an exciting card with great match-ups. Among those fun fights is the one with rising featherweight standouts, Sam Sicilia and Godofredo Pepey.
I recently had the opportunity to ask Sicilia a few questions via email (I know it's not my norm, but he was already in Brazil, and it's how the opportunity was presented to me). He discussed his developing comfort level in the featherweight division, rising Irish star, Conor McGregor and why he doesn't trash talk his opponents. Here's what he had to say:
Stephie Daniels: You were originally scheduled to fight Pepey back in September, and he pulled of that fight with an injury. Not long after you also pulled out, what happened there?
Sam Sicilia: I had broken my hand in my last fight, and reinjured it in my training camp. However, now I am back on track and 100% recovered.
Stephie Daniels: This is going to be your third fight at featherweight, is the weight cutting getting easier for you the more you do it?
Sam Sicilia: I have it down to a science now. It is not fun, but I know how to get to the weight. I feel extremely fast and powerful at this weight category.
Stephie Daniels: Every fight you've had in the UFC has been against a Brazilian, is that a coincidence or is there something to that?
Sam Sicilia: It is totally a coincidence. I actually love Brazilian people, I even trained apart of this camp at the academy of my former opponent and friend, Cristiano Marcello.
Stephie Daniels: You're known for coming out to "God's gonna cut you down" by Johnny Cash, why that song? Does it hold a special meaning for you?
Sam Sicilia: It is special to me because of my faith. Its got an almost scary sound to it. It gets me excited. Sadly, I will be coming out to a different song for this upcoming fight. But it won't disappoint.
Stephie Daniels: You're closing out the prelims, which is typically a slot the UFC tries to fill with a great, exciting fight to set up the main card. Is that something you're aware of, and does it make any difference to your mindset going into the fight?
Sam Sicilia: I try to be exciting in all of my fights. I appreciate the fact that the UFC likes my style and they are giving me a great opportunity to show what I am capable of. I take that very seriously.
Stephie Daniels: There's a guy who fights in your division, Conor McGregor, who has been making some waves with how outspoken he is. Do you have any thoughts on him?
Sam Sicilia: I actually like his fighting style, and don't disagree with some of the things he says. It is not my approach to talk down about other fighters though, but it is a way he promotes himself, and it is working because he is currently injured and people are still talking about him. Don't know enough about him yet. I wish him a speedy recovery.
Stephie Daniels: What's your take on trash talk in MMA in general?
Sam Sicilia: I don't know. All of my opponents in the UFC so far have been from South America and have been respectful. Once I come across an adversary that talks badly about me, I will probably respond, but I prefer to keep my mouth shut, do my job, and finish fights with KOs.
You can follow Sam via his Twitter account, @SamSiciliaMMA