(On second thought, we could probably watch this again.)
Poor Wanderlei Silva. In the past few months, the former PRIDE legend has engaged in a pattern of self-destructive behavior that saw him start a brawl with Chael Sonnen on the set of TUF Brazil 3, then refuse to actually fight Sonnen, then agree to fight Sonnen only to literally run away from his random pre-fight drug test, leading to the cancellation of the bout. Even his own country has turned its back on him, and Brazilians are nothing if not fiercely loyal motherf*ckers. Poor, poor Wanderlei Silva.
None of these missteps have had any impact on Silva himself, mind you. While we are *still* awaiting word as to the length of Silva’s suspension for said skipped drug test, “The Axe Murderer” has continued to call out guys like Luke Rockhold as if nothing has happened at all. But with Rockhold too busy tearing down Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort* at every possible opportunity, Wanderlei has been forced to shift his sights elsewhere. More specifically, to Dan Henderson, whom Silva split a pair of contests with in his PRIDE heyday:
It’s not news that I want to face Vitor Belfort or Chael Sonnen. But Dan Henderson is another guy that I want to fight, it’s a viable possibility. We’re 1-1 tied and it would be nice to have a tiebreaker of our score. In my last fight at PRIDE, I lost my belt to him and I couldn’t have a rematch because we left. If this fight happens, I’ll ask him to bring the belt so the winner can have it after the fight.
“It’s not news that I want to face Vitor Belfort or Chael Sonnen.” That’s true, Wandy, but only because one is challenging for the title and the other is, you know, retired. Also, you refused to fight Sonnen on no less than three occasions, which removes some of the credence from that statement. I do like the idea of holding a fight in the UFC for a PRIDE belt, though, and can’t tell you how excited I am at the prospect of Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley II for the UFC Strikeforce Welterweight One-Round Championship.
Not that it matters, because again, Silva is likely facing an incredibly lengthy suspension whenever the NSAC gets its shit together, but Hendo is open to the idea of a trilogy fight:
So Nation, anyone interested in seeing Silva vs. Hendo III when the former returns from his stay on Planet Crazypants Bananas?
*Who responded with two of the most hilarious quotes of the year.