Former PRIDE champion, Wanderlei Silva has offered to step into the UFC 153 main event on October 13th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, opposite his trash-talking rival and former 185 pound title contender, Chael Sonnen.
Here is what he told portaldovaletudo.uol.com.br:
“I think fighting in Rio would be great. Under no circumstances could I turn that down. I would love to fight for the crowd in Rio, and if it were against that guy who everybody wants me to face, it would be beautiful.
From experience, a fighter always has to be ready. I am not in a competition training schedule but I am training, on-weight and feeling good. It’s just a case of if I am offered the fight.
I accept to fight any one and with him it would be tasteful. It would be a bout that people would like to see. I wasn’t offered it yet, but if the boss needs me and I can contribute to make the fans happy, I would feel so glad.”
Wanderlei and Sonnen have been at each others throats over the past couple of years, ever since the American decided to embrace his inner trash-talker. This soon led to “The Axe Murderer” warning Sonnen, in a airport shuttle van, on route to an event, saying he shouldn’t disrespect the Brazilian MMA community or he’d end up losing his teeth.