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Wanderlei Still Hoping for Leben in Toronto, Says He Already Killed Sonnen in the Gym

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Despite the growing hype surrounding a fight between him and outspoken former number one UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva says he’s still hoping he will be matched up with fellow slugger Chris Leben for his return bout following knee surgery. Silva mentioned a couple months back that he would be fighting Leben in Toronto, which seems like it must have been in the works, at least at the time considering "The Axe Murderer" was privy to the info that the UFC was likely holding a show in the Canadian city in the spring before it was announced.

"I want to make my next fight for here in Toronto, maybe in April. I started my rehab for my knee right now and I started to lift weights, but I don’t train martial arts right now. I’m gonna wait two weeks to see what’s gonna happen with my knee," Wand explains. "If it feels better I’m gonna fight on the first show in Toronto. [Chris Leben] is a really good opponent. His style’s like my style. He likes to fight. He’s no afraid to fight toe-to-toe, so he’s a good opponent. He’s going to fight right now in one of the next UFCs, but I want to fight against him."

As far as a possible fight with Sonnen goes, Silva thinks that unlike Anderson Silva, he’ll have the upper hand if the bout comes to fruition, citing a certain sparring session he had in Vegas with the testosterone deficient, smack talk abundant middleweight to support his opinion.

"Sonnen, he’s more of a wrestler. I think that’s a good fight for me, too," Silva says. "I trained with him one time at [Xtreme Couture] and I killed him there, you know? I think he’s a good opponent too. He’s tough.

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Fried Taco- December 21, 2010 at 7:59 am
Did you know Chael backwards spells "leach"?
LOKI- December 21, 2010 at 6:05 am
I Fully expect and can stomach Chael wrestle-raping Wandy but I couldnt stomach Leban KOing him. That shit would be a fucking travesty.
Almost North- December 20, 2010 at 11:57 pm
Yeah Nate the "great" beat him up in training as well. How'd that work out in the octagon?
maverique21- December 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm
yeah!!!! Chael Sonnen twitter tirade.

You killed who? I was taking it easy on you. Ya looked like Tammy Faye Baker. I went easy so that new face of yours wouldn't fall off.

More guys have worked on your face than it took to build the Pyramids. You look like Lisa Rinna w/a Leprechaun beard, you fool.

You are a walking punchline. Go fight what's left of Sakuraba in an alley behind a sushi place in Tokyo for 10 Yen apiece.

If it wasn't for me, you would be thrashing around the jungle w/a blowgun trying' to catch breakfast.

So a word to the UNWISE. DON'T TALK ABOUT ME. You don't have the words, I DO. You just got burried. Now run along or I'll do worse tomorrow.
Brian81- December 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm
I think Silva vs Leben would be the more entertaining fight and the one that Silva would have the best chance of winning in. That being said, either fight I would have to say Silva loses. I think Sonnen would walk through him relatively unscathed.
fACE7biter- December 20, 2010 at 9:02 pm
Wandy is showing off that he got the best of Sonnen in a training session years ago, something no one witnessed and can't be proven? And even if you could, who gives a shit?! Thats pretty weak for an Axe Murderer. I'm tired of this whole feud, Wandy shuold have minded his own business in that van, Chael was jsut being polite after the PR woman asked him if they could cool it (and why not, Wandy wouldn't have understood her). I used to like this guy but we all know he's washed up, and he'll be killed by Sonnen or Leben.
k-onda- December 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm
So he killed Sonnen - he's the Axe "Murderer," big deal, don't be hating. Most importantly, Wand v. Leben is a bitchen idea. Mr. Mini-nuts needs a similar style coming back to prove to everyone that he's still the same, it'll be interesting to see.
Vovchanchyn Check- December 20, 2010 at 6:45 pm
if wand fights in TO, wild horses couldn't stop me from going