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Video of the Day: This Wanderlei da Silva Guy Might Have a Real Future in MMA

(Props: MMA Scraps)

Yes, we know he’s only 20 anos, and his takedown defense needs as much work as his cardio, but dammit, there’s something about this Wanderlei da Silva kid.  He has a certain star quality about him, something that makes him exciting to watch even when he’s getting beat.  Just check out the 1:10 mark when he gets kicked out of the ring and "the crowd goes wild," or so we are told. 

We gotta admit, we’re impressed by his ability to hang in there against the bigger Dilson Filho and survive the initial onslaught to land that big elbow in the clinch.  At the risk of getting too carried away after only seeing one of this youngsters fights, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that da Silva is definitely going places.  Just as soon as he stops leaving himself wide open with those big, looping hooks.   

P.S. An extra-special bonus is after the jump.

(Skip to the 1:58 to see the head kick that turns Sean Bormet into a clingy, drunk girlfriend.)


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Charming Charlie- January 20, 2010 at 11:03 pm
I love how they repeatedly show the camera angle which completely obscures the kick, but provides the best view of the fighter reeling, picking out his mother, and running into the safety of her bosom. The kick wasn't highlight quality, but his opponent's submission is.

Suddenly Forrest Griffin doesn't look like such a pussy. He just flailed and fled the scene. This guy literally shoved Silva aside and ran to the ref.
AussieJosh- January 20, 2010 at 2:38 am
Thanks for posting the old school Silva fights!
ianisthewalrus- January 20, 2010 at 12:13 am
i love wandy. one of my personal faves. i think he would win more if he tried to grapple, and use his bjj. but he always wants to throw. i think he is gettin to old for it, but he is still damn exciting. cant wait for his next fight.
Harry Russo- January 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm
So that's what Wand's face looked like before it got turned into a catchers mit
twiggy2164- January 19, 2010 at 4:08 pm
Agree with ya also. too bad most UFC judges don't see body/leg kicks as a viable, damaging attack. (shogun got screwed)
Smitty- January 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm
I feel ya 831. When people land those things they seem to be the worst thing to have happen to you in a fight.
Contraband- January 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm
wonder how much Da silva weighed in that 1st video?
831 Son- January 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm
Fucking nice. Wanderlei should utilize kicks more nowadays, as well as basically everyone else in MMA.