‘The Axe Murderer’ Wanderlei Silva only fought once this year, back in March, but displayed more in that one fight than most MMA veterans do in an entire year. Silva showed that brutality was still the name of the game all the while, having his chin and heart tested and maintaing his power and aggression later in the fight.
This fight was the absolute brawl with Brian Stann that ended in a second-round knockout for Silva.
Now, Silva seems to have a lit a new spark in his career as he apparently wants to make a title run in the middleweight division.
As reported by UFC Tonight‘s Ariel Helwani, Silva has requested a contender bout, seeking the fastest lane to a title shot.
Silva brushed off a fight with Chael Sonnen who had verbally ridiculed Silva earlier this year, in exchange for a fighter with a ‘bigger name’.
Being an anchor on UFC Tonight, Sonnen was able to chime in on Silva’s request:
“I always find it amusing when a guy threatens to hurt me in the middle of a cage fight. I kind of expect that,” Sonnen stated. “But as far as Wanderlei goes, look, I think you might be asking him the wrong question, Ariel. The question shouldn’t be, ‘Why isn’t he fighting me?’ The question should be, ‘Why isn’t he asking to fight me?’ I’ve degraded him, I’ve disparaged him, and I’ve ridiculed him for years. I feel like he should be calling me out.”
No word on who exactly Silva wants to face. Now we must wait to see if the UFC appeases his desires to make what will most likely be his last title run.
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