UFC Vegas 12: Thiago Moises Motivated by Sharing Card with Anderson Silva

Las Vegas, NV — Brazil’s Thiago Moises was honored to share the UFC Vegas 12 card with Anderson Silva, in the final bout for “The Spider.”

“I grew up watching him fight. He’s an idol for me, he’s a legend in Brazil. If MMA is as big as it is in Brazil right now, a big part is because of Anderson,” Moises (14-4) said during the event’s post-fight press conference, speaking to Cageside Press and other outlets. “So I’m very happy, that gave me a lot of motivation to come to this fight, and fight the same day as Anderson.”

That motivation paid off, as Moises earned a split decision win over a game Bobby Green.

Judging being what it is, you never really know what will happen when the scores are read. However, when it came time, “I was confident that I won,” said Moises. Mainly because his coaches had told him it was 1-1 heading into the third. “I went there, I gave it all that I had, and I was pretty confident I had won the third round.”

Green had been on an impressive win streak, having won three bouts since June. Moises even came close to a stoppage, noting that a second-round ankle lock “was very close. I saw on his face, he was in a lot of pain.” Good defense from Green was really what kept him in the fight, Moises admitted.

Watch the full UFC Vegas 12 post-fight press conference with Thiago Moises above.