When UFC middleweight Wanderlei Silva suffered a thirty-second knockout to Chris Leben this past July it seemed evident his fantastic fighting career is coming to a close, a notion supported by six losses in his last eight outings.
As such, agreeing to a bout on short notice as he recently did in regards to a mid-November match-up with Cung Le at UFC 139 could be cause for concern and, as Silva recently revealed through the UFC’s YouTube page, even he wasn’t initially sure if it was the right decision to make.
“I was in shock. But a good shock,” said the 35-year old of the text he got asking if he was interested in replacing an injured Vitor Belfort. “I was planning to fight again but I didn’t think it would be so fast. I was preparing to go back in February. I wasn’t sure right away. I was thinking if I needed more than eight weeks.”
However, “The Axe Murderer” said he was already back in the gym training after a short break in July and is “very happy” even if the fight was originally a “great surprise”.
“I was very sad after my last fight, with the results, but this fight cheered me up and I want to give a great performance for my fans,” Silva continued on the topic before turning to his actual opponent, Le.
“(He) is a very good opponent. He has good Muay Thai. He is a good athlete. I think this will be a fight with a lot of movement. There will be legs flying everywhere. I will be training a lot of kicks. I’m gonna kick him a lot.”
Given Le’s reputation for some of the sickest stand-up in MMA it’s clear fans can expect a scintillating showdown in San Jose on November 19.
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