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Wanderlei: "I fight anyone, the UFC don't need to offer me second options"

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Wanderlei Silva has explained to Fighters Only how he came to be matched with Mike Bisping instead of Yoshihiro Akiyama for UFC Australia. The Brazilian legend agreed to the match yesterday and says as far as he knows, Bisping has also assented.

“Joe Silva called me yesterday and he said he is thinking maybe he will change my opponent to Bisping. I think this is great as he won his last fight [with Denis Kang] very well and it is a good match for both of us,” he explained. “Akiyama is a great fighter but he has not fought much over here [in the USA] and is not so well known, Bisping has a very big name over here, so I am thinking it’s a very good match for me.”

But Silva literally cannot believe that there are people on MMA forums suggesting he ducked Michael Bisping at UFC 105, having surgery on his scar tissue to avoid meeting him in Manchester. Asked by our man in Las Vegas, Gary Alexander, if there was any truth to such talk, , Silva looked incredulous, then burst out laughing.

“I fought CroCop two times, I fought Mark Hunt, Rampage Jackson three times, Dan Henderson twice, Chuck Liddell… I am going to be afraid of Michael Bisping? Stop the jokes!” he cried, bursting into laughter.

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Post #1   11/28/09 9:19:40AM   

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Posted by ThaAxeMurderer7


“I fought CroCop two times, I fought Mark Hunt, Rampage Jackson three times, Dan Henderson twice, Chuck Liddell… I am going to be afraid of Michael Bisping? Stop the jokes!” he cried, bursting into laughter.

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That is hilarious! I love Wandy!!!

Post #2   11/28/09 9:56:44AM   

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Posted by Jackelope


Posted by ThaAxeMurderer7


“I fought CroCop two times, I fought Mark Hunt, Rampage Jackson three times, Dan Henderson twice, Chuck Liddell… I am going to be afraid of Michael Bisping? Stop the jokes!” he cried, bursting into laughter.

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That is hilarious! I love Wandy!!!



How can you not love that guy

Post #3   11/28/09 10:07:14AM   

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What a warrior. I am pumped to see him destroy Bisping.

Post #4   11/28/09 10:07:16AM   

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At this point I think Bisping will kick the **** out of Wandy and it makes me sad to think so.

Post #5   11/28/09 11:18:19AM   

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that is why i am a big fan of his
i like the fighters that don't pick their fights and will throw down with anyone

Post #6   11/28/09 11:55:02AM   

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Wandy is the man and always will be game. i dont know why anyone would think he was dodging Bisping of all guys. Wandy takes Bisping in short order. Bisping didnt learn much from getting KOd by Hendo. He circled right into Kangs right hand at least 6 times and got hit with it hard at least 2.

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Thats how I know im on the best fourm on the net I don;t ever remember ppl saying he was ducking bisping

Post #8   11/28/09 12:45:04PM   

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Silva has been my favorite fighter for a long time. Ya he's past his prime and isn't the wrecking machine he used to be but how could you not like him as a fighter. He tries to knock out every single opponent even though he's a black belt in BJJ. Win or lose he always puts on a great show for the fans. He can lose his next ten fights and I will always root for him, always pick him to win and he will always be my favorite fighter.

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since this fight will take place in austailia, why not allow foot stomps and soccer kicks?

Just a suggestion

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I like Wand, hes a cool guy. Its not hard to see why hes one of the most popular fighters around. Shame hes going to loose again, I wounder what the UFC will do with him after.

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Posted by Aaronno9

I like Wand, hes a cool guy. Its not hard to see why hes one of the most popular fighters around. Shame hes going to loose again, I wounder what the UFC will do with him after.



Ya know, I originally thought Bisping might out-point him, but there's a couple of things that changed my mind. First off, Bisping's standup is not as good as Franklin's. Also, Wand says in the interview that he wants to put on a good performance, but he is also looking for the win this time around. That leads me to believe that he will be a bit more strategic in this fight. Even if it's a competitive 3 rounds, I can't see the judges giving it to Bisping, since he'll be backing up the entire fight.

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haha... That seriously made me laugh. So glad wandy is still around. I like some of you, will always be cheering for wandy.

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Posted by grappler0000


Posted by Aaronno9

I like Wand, hes a cool guy. Its not hard to see why hes one of the most popular fighters around. Shame hes going to loose again, I wounder what the UFC will do with him after.



Ya know, I originally thought Bisping might out-point him, but there's a couple of things that changed my mind. First off, Bisping's standup is not as good as Franklin's. Also, Wand says in the interview that he wants to put on a good performance, but he is also looking for the win this time around. That leads me to believe that he will be a bit more strategic in this fight. Even if it's a competitive 3 rounds, I can't see the judges giving it to Bisping, since he'll be backing up the entire fight.



I dont think Wand will beable to cut successfully. I think he'll gas a little after the first round and Bisping with take him down and take the last two rounds, or get a GnP stoppage.

Even if its like you say, and Bisping is backing up all fight, thats what he did against Leben and took an easy decision. Not that im comparing Wand to Chris Leben lol, just making the point you can win a fight on the back foot.

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Posted by Aaronno9


Posted by grappler0000


Posted by Aaronno9

I like Wand, hes a cool guy. Its not hard to see why hes one of the most popular fighters around. Shame hes going to loose again, I wounder what the UFC will do with him after.



Ya know, I originally thought Bisping might out-point him, but there's a couple of things that changed my mind. First off, Bisping's standup is not as good as Franklin's. Also, Wand says in the interview that he wants to put on a good performance, but he is also looking for the win this time around. That leads me to believe that he will be a bit more strategic in this fight. Even if it's a competitive 3 rounds, I can't see the judges giving it to Bisping, since he'll be backing up the entire fight.



I dont think Wand will beable to cut successfully. I think he'll gas a little after the first round and Bisping with take him down and take the last two rounds, or get a GnP stoppage.

Even if its like you say, and Bisping is backing up all fight, thats what he did against Leben and took an easy decision. Not that im comparing Wand to Chris Leben lol, just making the point you can win a fight on the back foot.



i disagree. he did look a little exhausted in the Franklin fight but it wasn't anything major. i'm positive he has been practicing the weight cut and will make it fine. with that said, when did Bisping become a ridiculous wrestler? i guess since he was able to take down a gassed and unmotivated Denis Kang who fails to ever live up to his true potential he'll take down Wand? doesn't seem logical to me. i can't wait to see Bisping's legs buckle when Wanderlei lands that right hand on Bisping's head just like they did against Henderson and Kang.

War Wanderlei

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