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Wanderlei Silva Wants to Make This UFC 99 Fight a Little More Interesting

Wanderlei Silva
(‘You put mouth and money in same place, yes?’)

Either Wanderlei Silva desperately wants to hurt former friend/current bitter rival Anderson Silva any way he can, or else he’s really regretting that adjustable rate mortgage he agreed to, because “The Axe Murderer” is now trying to convince the UFC middleweight champ to put a little money down on his boy Rich Franklin at UFC 99.  And by a little money, we mean roughly the median annual household income in the United States.  

“If Anderson believes in Franklin so much, bet $50,000 and let’s see who takes the money,” Wanderlei told Fighters Only recently.  This sounds like a great idea.  We only hope Anderson Silva thinks so.

Side bets among fighters is really an underused method of driving interest in a fight.  Even when we do see them, we rarely see them taken seriously and followed through on.  For instance, “Rampage” Jackson said he’d bet his “whole purse” that the fight with Forrest Griffin wouldn’t go to a decision, which it did.  We can only assume he escaped on the junior high betting loophole that demands a handshake for a bet to become official.

But it’s especially fun to see a bet between one participating fighter and one interested outside party.  Wanderlei can actually affect the outcome of the bet, while all Anderson can do, aside from what he’s already done, is give Franklin some good advice (probably something along the lines of, ‘frustrate him until he comes in swinging wildly, then hit him on the chin’) and hope for the best.

On the flip side, if Anderson won’t agree to the bet it suggests that maybe he’s not so confident that Franklin will take this one.  Then Wanderlei can further goad him by making noises like a chicken while flapping his arms, at which point honor will demand he pony up the cash.  

Either way, this sounds like the perfect way to take a catchweight main event bout that’s not for a title or even number one contender status and inject some meaning into it.  Everybody understands cold hard cash.  Especially the dudes who were doing this sport when the prize was $200 and a free frozen steak to put on your swollen eye afterwards.

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Dmonicideals- May 18, 2009 at 5:27 pm
Why is the main event in any promotion between 2 guys coming off losses in a meaningless catchweight fight? Just curious.
dbiggles- May 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm
@ mayhem
He knocked rampage out cold. so cold in fact he fell out of the ring face first
HAL_13- May 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm
d0zer- May 18, 2009 at 2:29 pm
I used to like Wanderlei but lately he's been pissing me off. Probably just because Rich Franklin is one of my favorite fighters. I hope Franklin dominates.
Dubbayoo- May 18, 2009 at 1:31 pm
@ Mr. Fucklord:

"his entire career he felt TUF level opponents"
"he swept a division of utter shit"
"looked good vs bad competition"

...for a second I thought you were talking about Anderson Silva!!! :P

If Rich were to fight the Anderson Silva of today, you'd probably not think that way, cuz then there'd be no video of him getting destroyed.

But looking at it objectively (which I admit isn't as fun to do when posting here), okay, his wins were from lesser competition, the only person who has EVER stopped him is Anderson Silva.

To consider that and call him mediocre is a little silly to me.. maybe the jury is still out.. going up a weight class (or half a weight class) is the true test.

But if Rich KOs Wanderlei, people will only say he beat a guy who should retire anyway. Poor Rich.. he'll just have to settle for being rich and famous (by MMA standards) and probably a Hall of Famer one day..
PurplePickle- May 18, 2009 at 1:17 pm
This fight will go down like Silva's fight against Chuck; close, scrappy, and with Franklin edging out Wanderlei for the decision. It will probably be more even than the Liddell fight, but I see Franklin taking the split.
mayhem- May 18, 2009 at 1:16 pm
Yes I did!!! Damn it!! Good catch!
Lysol- May 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm
The caption is almost as good as the Cro Cop caption "What is deal with airline food? Is no good, know?". Fake captions involving foreign people who speak English as a second/third language = Humor.
just some dong- May 18, 2009 at 12:45 pm
One thing's for sure, this will be exciting. I think Franklin takes the fight fairly easy through steady pressure. True he has struggled against top-flight competition but let's face it, Wanderlei's gettin' old. He's not really improving either, and we've seen how that story ends. Unless Rich comes in overconfident like Jardine and gets caught early, he'll have the deeper gas tank and better footwork, and he'll use his reach to pick Silva apart. I mean if ol' man Liddell could do it...
ScrambledEggs- May 18, 2009 at 12:37 pm
Why are any of you taking anything that "Fucklord" says seriously have you not noticed his other comments?
The guy is obviously trolling or is just some punk 12 year old kid screwing around.
Mdollas- May 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm
I hope wanderlei kills Franklin. I like both fighters, just been following wanderlei for way longer.
RJeezy- May 18, 2009 at 11:49 am
@ mayhem
"Other than Anderson and Hendo Rich has beat up on everyone he has fought."

Forgot about that Lyoto guy.
Jay Smith- May 18, 2009 at 11:41 am
WOW.......some pretty serious Franklin hatin goin on. This is a great match up. Both pretty decent fighters. Anyone saying anything other than that, I think is bias.
RickyRobbie- May 18, 2009 at 11:11 am
Speaking of bets... When can we see your bets for 98 CP?
Cookie Monster- May 18, 2009 at 11:04 am
i demand more wandy "quotes"!!
mayhem- May 18, 2009 at 10:39 am
@Fucklord- well he went the distance with Hendo who KTFO of Wandy the 2nd time they fought and was winning the fight at the end 2nd and all of the 3rd round.
He also beat Evan Tanner twice and beat the hell outta David Loiseau, who at the time was a supposed MW star and was never the same after that fight. You also talk about fighting TUF level talent....
Dude Wandy fought a TON of cans in Pride.... and lost to almost all the big names he did fight.

Lets see....
Wandy lost too:
Vitor Belfort
Tito Ortiz
Mirko Filipovic
Mark Hunt
Dan Henderson
Chuck Liddell

Now granted he did fight some good fighters but be real he did get matched up with allot of guys for the sole purpose of him being able to knock them out.
Just saying you cant just jump out and say Wandy is going to kill anyone when has show to struggle vs top level guys.
One Two- May 18, 2009 at 10:18 am
I can't wait for wanderlei to kick the shit out of Anderson Silva, Franklins just a quick stepping stone.
Fucklord- May 18, 2009 at 10:09 am
I'd love for you to tell me who Rich has stood with that proves he is a better striker than Wandy. Who has he beaten that proves he is even in the same league as Wandy? Fucking nobody. His entire career he has fought terrible TUF level opponents, he swept a division of utter shit. The one good striker he has faced destroyed him mentally and physically. Rich Franklin is not a good fighter, he has never been a good fighter. He is a mediocre fighter who looked good vs bad competition and he fights scared ever since he actually ran up against a good fighter and got decimated. If he comes in looking like he did against Hamill and Hendo, he is donezo.

RIP Rich Franklin
mayhem- May 18, 2009 at 9:59 am
Rich has much better stricking than Wandys wild punching style and is a much bigger fighter with a better reach. To think than Wandy is going to "murder" Rich is just nuts. Other than Anderson and Hendo Rich has beat up on everyone he has fought. I dont get why anyone thinks he is done. Who has Wandy beat since coming to the UFC? Keith Jardine and thats it. If anything I think if Wandy loses this fight he should consider moving on to something else like coaching at his gym he just opened. This should be a great fight and I cant wait for it.
Da Truth- May 18, 2009 at 9:51 am
Wanderlei via Staredown
the glza- May 18, 2009 at 9:27 am
is that last bit about the frozen steak and $200 a reference to something, or was it just hyperbole? i want to see what a cage fight for 200 bucks and a steak looks like...
IronClad- May 18, 2009 at 9:26 am
I am really rooting for Wanderlei in this fight. I hope he does murder Franklin (nothing against Franklin) but i wouldnt be so quick as to rule out Rich. I mean Wanderlei is either getting knocked out or knocking out his opponenet. He hasnt really progressed his style much, still the same brawling wild puncher he was and if you dont adjust and progress in UFC your pretty much just a gate keeper or on your way out. I hope Wanderlei did his homework.
Jay Smith- May 18, 2009 at 9:25 am
I think Franklin still has some fight in him, but he may be a little too slow to avoid the murderous right axe that Wandy throws. Im just hoping for a good fight.
Fucklord- May 18, 2009 at 9:19 am
Franklin has looked like shit since his first near death experience with anderson and the 2nd just sealed the deal, he's all but done. Wandy is going to murder him
PHELPS- May 18, 2009 at 9:08 am
One of your best captions yet... well done.