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Wanderlei Silva on Fighting Brian Stann: “This will be a classic” (Video)


“This is a fight that everyone wants to see. I’m already counting on your support. Because your support is what will make this fight even better. I want to thank Dana White for putting me on this event, as the main event, in Japan, at the Saitama Arena. A place where I’ve fought so many times and had some of the greatest moments of my career. It will be an honor for me.

“The Japanese public is unique. Most people comment on that they are very quiet. Something that many people don’t know about but Wanderlei Silva taught the public to cheer. One day, I was watching an event there with 22,000 people and during the fight, I could hear a cell phone ringing. I asked my coach, ‘Is that a cell phone ringing?’ He said, ‘Yes, that is a cell phone.’ But with the Pride fights, we succeeded at doing a good job, and we had great fights. Fights full of excitement. And with that the fans started cheering more. You could see the improvement as the public was being reeducated. Because Pride was the first event at that level and size. It was a unique moment in the history of the sport.

“Japan has a different atmosphere, a different energy. I’ll be tasting that energy again on March 3. I can only guarantee one thing to my opponent and to all of you who will be watching: You will see a Wanderlei full of disposition. I will be testing Brian Stann’s chin. I am feeling stronger, faster, and more explosive. This fight will be a classic. Someone will end up on the ground, and not because of a takedown.”

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3 Comments to Wanderlei Silva on Fighting Brian Stann: “This will be a classic” (Video)

  1. Fudge Packer says:

    I hope he knocks Stann out or pulls out any kind of victory… his career depends on it…

  2. One-dimentional Stann says:

    Why would any well rounded fighter play Stann’s game of rock’em sock’m robots? Take him down and submit him and move on. All we ever hear out of Stann’s mouth is how he has improved his ground game but then it seems even worse each fight. I think Stann must hate training ground and he instead just tries to convince his opponents that he has this new awesome ground game. Don’t get me wrong Stann is a good dude and a real stand up guy (no pun meant) but let’s be real he’s a turtle once he’s on his back. (much like Alves was until recently) WAndy must know his chin is not a fraction of what it use to be so why not show everyone some of those BJJ skills and save that chin for another day. Why not GSP fans have absolutely no problem with him “FITCHING” Diaz fro 25 minutes. Regardless Wandy is a first round ballot MMA Hall of Famer hence UFC HOF and he deserves it.

  3. mannski says:

    Wanderlei getting knocked out just like when he fought Chris Leben. This guy should fight in Bellator. He might make it to the quarterfinals if he was lucky.

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