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Anderson Silva to Train Rich Franklin for UFC 99, Just to Screw With Wanderlei Silva

(Brothers don’t shake hands. Brothers gotta hug.)

As much as Anderson Silva used to enjoy kicking the absolute dogshit out of Rich Franklin, it was clear that the Spider respected the hell out of Ace. After his UFC 82 title fight against Dan Henderson, Silva told the Columbus crowd something along the lines of "it feels good to win, but there’s only one true middleweight champion, and that’s Rich Franklin," which struck me as both incredibly humble, and kind of insulting to Dan Henderson, who was standing right next to him at the time. So I guess this recent blurb from the Dayton Daily News shouldn’t be all that surprising:

Sources close to Silva…recently told the Dayton Daily News that the champ has agreed to train with Franklin, who meets dangerous striker Wanderlei Silva at a June 13 UFC 99 event in Germany…Franklin recently took off for Seattle to commence his usual fight camp under Matt Hume, and he’ll apparently spend some time training with Silva in California while he’s away.

While it’s awesome that two former rivals are putting their past battles aside to help each other in the gym, Anderson’s motivations are obvious. Anderson and Wanderlei have had quite a stormy relationship that has taken them from close training partners at Chute Boxe, to mortal enemies (after Anderson left the team over a money dispute and joined forces with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira), to a brief reconciliation at UFC 79, to enemies again, with Anderson interpreting Wanderlei’s recent drop to 185 pounds as a personal challenge, and Wandy responding by declaring war on him.

Could this personal feud culminate in an actual UFC fight? Maybe, but Wanderlei would first have to defeat Rich Franklin in June, and then most likely another prominent 185′er in order to create some legitimacy as a middleweight title contender. And if that happens…well, the Axe Murderer would be a nice change of pace from Anderson’s timid, butt-flopping recent opponents. As Wanderlei says in the below video from Fighters Only, "With me, he don’t want to play. He don’t go to down his hands, and play with me because he down his hands, I beat him," which is Broken English for "You try that showboating shit with me, Anderson, and I’ll punch your head off and shit down your neck."

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KoolaidKrusader- April 28, 2009 at 9:12 am
Oh wandy, u so crazy..... I know its pronounced Vanderlei, but i can't help but pronounce wandy with a W not a V. Is it just me?
SCM- April 28, 2009 at 8:29 am
Zee German, its probably because of that chute box academy where they just knock eachother out on the regular. thus, giving wanderlei a huge, disformed head.
Zee German- April 28, 2009 at 8:06 am
Actually, Wanderlei is 2 years younger than Rich. But I guess after more than 12 years of fighting you look a bit bummed out.
mmadude84- April 28, 2009 at 7:28 am
Of any of the Pride figthers who have signed with the UFC, I'd have to say Wanderlei Silva has received the most reception especially among the casual fans. I for one was never a fan of him back in Pride, but after watching the Chuck Liddell fight I became an instant fan. No one can question the heart of this guy. The fact that he goes for broke in every fight and lays it down, even though it's probably not a good idea seeing how he has seen better days. Win or lose, he wants to please the fans. I've had the priviledge to watch him fight at UFC 84 against Jardine and the entire crowd went absolutely crazy when Wandy knocked him out!

Though I'm a fan of both fighters, and as much as I want Wandy to win, I have to say I see Rich pulling the victory...Silva vs. Silva would be sick though...Seeing how Anderson has only 4 fights left UFC might as well make it worth his while...

1. Silva vs. Hendo/Bisping
2. Silva vs. GSP
3. Silva vs. Silva
4. Silva vs. Okami
CAPS LOCK HAL'S NAN- April 28, 2009 at 5:47 am
HAL... I'm dying.
I'm Kinda confused here- April 28, 2009 at 4:53 am
which Silva do you want to teach the other Silva that foot thing?
CAPS LOCK HAL'S NAN- April 28, 2009 at 2:46 am
Anyone thought that if Wanderlei gets a shot and beats Silva in time he may have to face a close team mate...Demian Maia ?
andersonisover- April 28, 2009 at 2:40 am
Anderson is a real snake
smashfacekillah- April 28, 2009 at 12:33 am
Damn you fucks are dumb.
Chri534- April 28, 2009 at 12:30 am
Beautiful fuckin' translation at the end there CP...I love it.
dubbAyou- April 27, 2009 at 9:25 pm
Right on ASisaDouche. I thought the same thing on that Bas interview. If we're too dumb to appreciate his genius, we should put that PPV towards something that would smartify us. I said smartify.
Anonymous- April 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm
How tall he is ? I saw many hot photos of him with some hot model on a tall dating site,seems he is famous there.
I forget the site name, but in all tall people places, only
___T a l l m i n g l e . c o m is better, maybe he dates with models there.

Anonymous- April 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm
Nice video edition.

They did cut the part with the question.
SCM- April 27, 2009 at 7:48 pm
Anderson will fuck Wanderlei up anyway. Hes got a good amount of reach on him and is just better. I like Wanderlei but hell get beat. Fuck all you haters too.
SCM- April 27, 2009 at 7:47 pm
Ample your dumb. Wanderlei started this all you tool. Learn your shit.
Anonymous- April 27, 2009 at 7:19 pm
I live in a treshcan hit that shit on the head, gegard moussasi would wipe the floor with anderson "the faggot" silva
Irishwolfhound- April 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm
im suprised to see so many spider haters, sure his last fights sucked, but the ones before were pretty good. I like both these guys, but i don't think wandy's going to get past franklin. Hes got the edge on power, but franklins got speed and youth going for him, plus anderson is going to teach him some flaws in his game. Even if he does get the ko punch on franklin, there's no way he'll be able to beat anderson. Wandy's just over the hill.
just some dong- April 27, 2009 at 6:27 pm
Franklin will beat Wanderlei; the guy's tailor-made for him. But it doesn't matter because no one at 185 is taking the belt from Silva in a long, long time. Currently I'd say Bisping's got the best shot... and what's that tell you. Marquardt doesn't' have the talent, and Maia and Okami are too one-dimensional. Maybe all of 'em at once could take him, but I still doubt it.
Fellow Canadian.- April 27, 2009 at 5:40 pm
Rape choke too?
CAPS LOCK HAL- April 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm
LAPS COCK HAL- April 27, 2009 at 5:07 pm
CAPS LOCK HAL- April 27, 2009 at 5:06 pm
TheBum- April 27, 2009 at 4:59 pm
I would love to se Wanderlei n Anderson! Crazy Crazy war! But hey let´s hope his brains can take the punishment! Well just have to wait and see
PurplePickle- April 27, 2009 at 4:56 pm
I think Wanderlei is not far off from following Chuck out the door. Don't like it, but I think it is true. Rampage said he is not the same as he was in Pride and I think he is right. Sucks though, cause a prime Wanderlei was a scary fuckin sight.
Dubbayoo- April 27, 2009 at 4:49 pm
The translation from Wandy English to actual English clarified things, but I still hear it in a mumbled voice. I'm not sure where the shitting down the neck part was mentioned in the original translation, but I'm pretty sure that shitting down the neck of a decapitated opponent would be illegal... not that it's explicitly stated. But a decapitated opponent is likely a dead opponent, minus the twitching. And a dead opponent cannot INTELLIGENTLY defend himself. So the fight would have been stopped befpre Wandy even gets himself into position to push one out. Unless it's Mazzagatti! Heyoh!