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Erick Silva promises to submit Ben Saunders: 'His legs are long, I'm sure I'll twist them'

The Brazilian plans to take his upcoming opponent down and potentially use Killa B's long legs against him for a submission.

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Erick Silva has his strategy set for his next bout inside the Octagon against Ben Saunders at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare, on March 21. At a UFC media day promoted on Tuesday at Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, the 30-year old Brazilian welterweight told local journalists that he's looking to fight on the ground and finish his opponent with a submission.

"Saunders is a big guy, which is good. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. My game plan is to take him down and submit him. I'm training a lot of Jiu-Jitsu. His legs are long, I'm sure I'll twist them. It's going to be a good and quick fight. I'm more focused and training more. I'm aggressive as a tiger and calm enough to wait for the right opportunity."

Considered a rising prospect when he debuted for the UFC in 2011, Erick isn't worried about not being well ranked at this point in his career.

"I had to test myself. They put me against great fighters and these tests were very important for me. I faced well ranked guys. I had good performances and now I have six bonuses. I had a chance to win in all of them. That didn't happen because of some small things, but we are working on my mistakes in training. My team and I are building the perfect game plan. I know that I'm giving the best I have at the gym and preparing myself with well ranked guys like Ronaldo Jacare, Rafael Feijao, and Anderson Silva."

Whether he knows it or not, Silva's plans could play right into Saunders' improving Jiu-Jitsu skills, especially his guard. Saunders has been training with Eddie Bravo and has developed a strong rubber guard, with which he swept Chris Heatherly for an omoplata, becoming the first man to submit an opponent with this move inside the Octagon. Still, Silva is a strong grappler himself, so fans should expect some entertaining grappling exchanges.