(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.)