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Wanderlei Silva Likely to Return Against Brian Stann in the Spring

(We immediately regretted not wiping down that rowing machine.)

Due to the torn knee ligaments and broken ribs that forced him to pull out of a scheduled UFC 116 meeting with Yoshihiro Akiyama, Wanderlei Silva hasn’t competed since his unanimous decision win over Michael Bisping last February. According to a new report by MMA Fighting, Silva will be ready to rumble in the spring, and his opponent is likely to be Brian Stann, who’s coming off a first-round smashing of Chris Leben at UFC 125.
We expect Leben to be all kinds of pissed once he hears about this. After replacing Silva against Akiyama on very short notice then scoring a miraculous submission victory, Leben called out Wanderlei Silva, and Silva happily accepted the challenge. But instead of keeping Leben benched until the Axe Murderer recovered from his injuries, the UFC decided to throw him into a fight with Brian Stann on New Year’s Day. Stann won in dominant fashion, then he called out Wanderlei Silva. His wish was granted. Life’s not fair, Chris.

Personally, we would have liked to see Silva and Chael Sonnen settle their beef, but then Sonnen had to go and get his contract frozen due to that little money laundering misunderstanding. If Silva can successfully rebound against Stann, it’s always a possibility for down the road…

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MediocreThreat- January 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm
Hey, it's Felice Herrig.
RearNakedSpoon- January 14, 2011 at 2:26 pm
I hope someone bought him a PRIDE FC boxset for christmas, I imagine he will be watching it and he will realise what he has been missing.

Right now he has the air of a wise old grandfather who would give you a puppy and hugs, we want the axe murder that will knock you out while arguing about a dog!
ArmFarmer- January 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Seriously I just can't wrap my head around that.. the guy is known for being a power puncher that crumbles against superior technique, so the logical thing to do is to throw all technique out the window, drop your hands, and walk right up to him.. over and over again.. winging telegraphed haymakers from your hips.. idiot.
RwilsonR- January 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Wand used to be the most intimidating fighter in MMA. Now he just looks like a less scary version of Joan Rivers.
El Guapo- January 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm
If Leben should be pissed at anybody, it should be the Big Island Policia for harassing him. Can't a guy wreck his brand new truck without a license at 3 in the morning without getting suspected of DUI anymore?? Sheesh

As for this scrap, I'm loving it. Hopefully Wandy doesn't make the same mistake The Crippler did of underestimating Stann..
rlh61- January 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm
@Fried Taco...keep 'em comin' brah! There's got to be a CP shirt in your future...
ghostboner- January 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm
Wand definitely looks less leprechaun and more chimp, so yeah '06 sounds about right. In Brazil you wipe down row machine or you don't keep teeth.
myklhoey- January 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm
your mama
your mamas so fat, she has otha smalla fat people orbitin around her.
shes so fat i had to take 2 buses and a train just to get on her good side.
shes so fat she had to use tickle me Elmo as a vibrator!
the only reason she wairs pantyhose, is to keep her ankles warm,
o im sorry were u not close to your mom, i wasnt with mine either, so me and my father shared yours.

Fried Taco- January 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm
Why did you use a picture of Cyborg for this?
SnallTrippin- January 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm
Think how much better that caption would be if he hadn't done that damn facial surgery....

EDIT- Or maybe I don't remember it that well...heh
LOKI- January 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm
How long ago was that picture taken; No arm tattoos + asian woman facial reconstruction + Xyence t-shirt = 2006ish?!
ArmFarmer- January 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm
Hate to say it, but I don't think Stann's win over Leben means a godamn thing. Leben is a moron.

"I'm fighting a guy that is only good at throwing really hard punches and knocking people out.. so I'm going to constantly walk towards him while keeping my hands at my waist to wind up for haymakers that look like they came straight from the 7th grade basketball court.. best game plan ever!"

Leben is a good fighter too, he's shown that he can strike with solid technique, he's just too godamn stupid.