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Video: Wanderlei Silva Calls His Bout Against Leben The First of His ‘Comeback’ and Says He Thought About Calling It Quits

Looking back at Wanderlei Silva‘s multiple wars of attrition he’s slugged through in his career it’s easy to forget that “The Axe Murderer” is as intelligent and well spoken as he is.

The video above does a good job of reminding us.

Set to face  fellow brawler Chris Leben at UFC 132 on July 2 after more than a year on the shelf spent rehabbing a knee injury, Silva recently shot the latest episode of his ongoing web documentary series recently while preparing for the bout and he spoke about the uphill battle of returning to the Octagon after surgery.

According to Wand, he thought for a minute about making an exit from the sport, but his fans and his burning desire to compete quashed the notion. Silva says he’s looking at his bout with Leben as the first step towards a comeback that he hopes will lead to him getting back to the upper echelon of the sport where he stood for many years while fighting for PRIDE.

“First I want to thank God for giving me motivation to keep training and to come back. This fight for me is really important. There were moments of doubt if I was ever going to come back. God really motivated me by giving me so many friends who helped me throughout the way,” Silva explains. “This comeback is to prove to you all that there’s always a way. Man, we have to put in the effort. We have to work hard. I don’t really know what I’m going to do when I stop fighting. Thanks to god there is lots of things to be done, but my life is to fight. I like being inside the Octagon. Inside the Octagon is where I really feel the energy of the fans.”

He says that, contrary to popular belief, being a fighter isn’t all partying with celebrities and driving expensive rides. It’s about struggle, hard work and perseverance.

“Fighters go through a lot. Many of the things that I’ve been through — keeping a job, injury, not making any money fighting, bills to pay and still fighting for that dream, raining, going to the gym every day… MMA is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. In MMA it’s impossible to become successful quickly,” he points out. “Without a [high] skill level you won’t be successful, especially today where you can see amateurs fighting like professionals. So this comeback is really important. It’s times like these you call it, ‘warrior time.’”

A perpetual fan favorite, Wand says that the messages and words of encouragement he received from his fans, who he prefers to call ‘friends,’ gave him the fortitude to keep training and working towards mounting his comeback.

“You guys who send me messages every day, sending me good vibes — every sentence I read each day is a great help and touches my heart. My fans are really amazing. That’s why I say, ‘I don’t have fans, I have friends.’ You guys give me great strength,” Silva says. “You made easier this time of recovery. It was hard, but you guys made it go by faster. Thanks to all of you. Now this is a thing of ‘ours.’”

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Bootylam- May 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm
I love em both, really can't say who will win, it's gonna be a slobberknocker though.
SnackDaddy- May 10, 2011 at 7:28 am
I dunno... did he thank god for his comeback yet?
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CungwantsCookies- May 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm
this fight is going to be a big ugly mess of wonderful. literally cannot wait. im currently trying to construct an einstein-rosen bridge to july 2...ill keep y'all posted.
smiledriver- May 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm
Leben by multiple punches to the mid face-u-lar reigon. Sorry.
TheGreenBlurr- May 9, 2011 at 10:42 am
wtf is the deal with the cameraman zooming in and out every 3 seconds at the end?
Wallly- May 9, 2011 at 10:05 am
Im a' call this one right now. wand is going to dismantle Chris. I have respect for Leben but its like Wand said, He's faster. And i agree

Three and half min in, 1st round tko
frndlylion- May 9, 2011 at 9:24 am
I will always have a lot of respect for Wanderlei Silva. He puts it all out there every time and is fun to watch.
RwilsonR- May 9, 2011 at 9:21 am
Okay, maybe that was a bit harsh. Wand always seems like a good guy, but I miss the maniac who brutalized Sakuraba, or was soccer-kicking Fujita's face over, and over, and over, and over, and over again. Maybe all he needs are a few Pride-style mismatches to get back on track.
LOKI- May 9, 2011 at 9:19 am
That is way to mainicured a face-muff for an Ax Murder.
RwilsonR- May 9, 2011 at 9:16 am
If he really wants to make a comeback, he should start by undoing that plastic surgery, and go back to that scary ape-neanderthal-looking thing he used to be in Pride that looked like he would eat Mike Tyson's children without thinking twice about it.
Now he looks like Joan Rivers, and sounds like he is on estrogen replacement therapy with all this talk about his emotions, and everyone being his "friend." Bring back the Axe Murderer!
Fried Taco- May 9, 2011 at 8:52 am
Wand and I are BFFs!!!
Uppercut Magnet- May 9, 2011 at 8:51 am
Christ... Every worthwhile job is a marathon. Not everyone can be "blowing up" like a rapper overnight.

All the money-making professions take years of sacrifice and dedication in order to get to the top.
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