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Wanderlei Says He’s Hitting His Stride at 185; Wants to Fight at Least Six More Years


(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."

I hope "The Axe Murderer" does continue to thrive for the next few years. His last fight against Michael Bisping proved he still has what it takes to be competitive.

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.

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shitbag- May 25, 2010 at 7:37 am
WAR WANDERLEI!!!!!

A real fighter. EVERY fighter that has ever lived needs to look up to Wanderlei.
ReX13- May 25, 2010 at 7:30 am
Yeah, i've always enjoyed watching Wanderlei, but i was officially a fan for life after i saw him talking to DW after his loss to Chuck. He made it clear that he wanted the fans to enjoy his fights. Humble guy that is a beast in the ring/cage--what's not to like?

War Wandy.
justscrappin- May 25, 2010 at 5:55 am
Anybody willing to headbutt someone with the side of their head that already has a gash on it...is one crazy ass fucker. When he fought Mariano....the dude wasn't even that hurt but must have thought...."wtf can I possibly do to hurt this guy worse then he has hurt himself."
C-Bus Allstar- May 25, 2010 at 5:48 am
"Nobody bothered to teach him the english phrase "I give up," because they knew he'd never use it."


This line pretty much says it all. The Axe Murderer has long been one of my favorite fighters and I hope he goes out and gets the win against a very game Akiyama.
justscrappin- May 25, 2010 at 5:31 am
Hey angrywhopper...have you ever eaten a triple angrywhopper? I did one day...and my intestines have still not forgiven me.
Angry Whopper- May 25, 2010 at 5:26 am
Mnyeah, I'm losing interest in Wandy. And by that I mean, all big name fighters who are in the twilight of their careers. It's sad to see them on the decline, slower to recover, easier to bring down, etc.

Except Tito. It's always glorious to see him go down, get hurt, unable to recover.
justscrappin- May 25, 2010 at 5:25 am
Wasn't there some talk of Akiyama being able to get down to 170lbs?
ctownhood- May 25, 2010 at 5:18 am
@ iDestroy
+1. I hate it when 2 of my favs have to thrown down, but I have to say, I think Akiyama wins this. He has a granite chin, and a much better ground game.
justscrappin- May 25, 2010 at 5:17 am
I'm glad Wandy is a mw now. Pretty much where he should have been his whole career. When he went balls to the wall putting on weight,( aka probably juicing) in Japan for the openweight tournament he weighed 215lbs..but back in the day he weighed like 199lbs, when he was fighting guys like Tito. He can finally be bigger then his (american) opponents.
iDestroy- May 24, 2010 at 8:57 pm
I hate that Wandy and Sexyama are fighting. Boo.
Squirrelnuts- May 24, 2010 at 8:06 pm
Caption:

That was the last time Yoshihiro ever passed out drinking with his friends.
Lysol- May 24, 2010 at 7:34 pm
Wanderlei has always been one of my favorites. Win or lose, this fight will be a great show.
Lyle- May 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm
@Miles: Agreed. Excuse me if I'm wrong about there being a new writer, but this new writer sucks. Especially his not-funny captions. Except this one, this one wasn't bad.
Knee 2 tha Face- May 24, 2010 at 6:09 pm
I like the "bury your dead" photoshop. Nicely done!
Miles- May 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm
the last sentence is so cheesy
Sneaky Pete- May 24, 2010 at 5:53 pm
Maybe it's time for a senior's league done on an exhibition basis. At least that way I would feel better about seeing couture and Henzo competing.
montanamonster- May 24, 2010 at 5:46 pm
Wand has plenty of fight in him. Match-ups at 185 are endless even if he loses a fight. New face = less cuts. I think we will see a number of brutal knock-outs from Wand in the UFC before he retires to a massively lucrative career in Las Vegas and Brazil.
Sakuraba3900- May 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm
Homeboy is still really fucking tough... everytime he steps into the Kings gym he brings it and we have a lot of tough guys that train with us. Its a show whenever he trains with us, its almost like watching a live fight during sparring or when we roll. Its intense. Wand has still got a couple good ones in him.
glassjawsh- May 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm
this might be an unpopular opinion but i say as that someone should be able to keep fighting as long as he is exciting and people will pay to watch him fight that his career should continue as long as he wants
El Guapo- May 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm
Poor Wandy's gonna be eating nothing but baby food through a straw if he doesn't retire soon..

Correction: If he keeps getting knocked out
Sgt. Hatred- May 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm
+1 walrus. good call
ianisthewalrus- May 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm
my vote is that for wands retirement fight, he fights sakuraba again.
jimbonics- May 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm
Uvas No.
DazedNConfused- May 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm
I wish Wandy could fight for 20 more years! Big props to that man.
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