(Don’t look into his eyes, Wand. You’ll be paralyzed like thousands of ladies in the past have been before you.)
In a recent interview with TATAME, Wanderlei Silva said that he is progressively getting more comfortable with fighting as a middleweight and that he doesn’t plan on retiring any time soon.
“I want to keep on fighting for the next six years, at least until I’m forty. This division change was good, I had to change my diet and I’m feeling just fine”,
The former PRIDE 205-pound champion, who is poised to face Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116, says he is confident that his trainers will come up with a plan to beat the Japanese-born Korean judoka and that the fight could very well garner both men Fight of the Night honors.
“It’ll be the professor Rafael (Cordeiro) who will deal with it and guide the sparring to do it the way it must be done. Akiyama is really tough, a good guy, who was an athlete for all his life through. He has a good ground game, Akiyama is really strong. It’ll be an interesting fight; it’s a good fight for me because he goes forward and goes with the flow, he doesn’t run off. I believe the fight will be busy — a big show."
Regardless of which direction his career path goes, you know you’re always going to get a fight when Silva’s in the Octagon. Nobody bothered to teach him the english phrase "I give up," because they knew he’d never use it.