When Wanderlei Silva enters the Octagon this Saturday night to face Cung Le at UFC 139 he’ll do so with a secret weapon in his back pocket. Though Silva has already talked about reuniting with Rafael Cordeiro, his longtime trainer at Chute Boxe, it appears he’s also spent time with another talented Brazilian in the form of pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva.
Silva recently spoke up about working with “The Spider” in preparation for this weekend’s bout where he praised his countryman and talked about how his time with the middleweight champion could come into play when he faces Le.
It was really nice. Anderson is a really nice guy. We’ve trained together a lot some time ago. He’s a good friend,” said Silva in an interview with Tatame. “He abdicated his free time to train with me. He’s got a pretty evolved way of seeing martial arts. His coaches must be congratulated (because) they’ve built a super athlete. Back there we noticed his potential, he knew great boxing and how to move, but he overcame himself and became one of the best of all times.”
As far as Silva’s suspected rematch with Chael Sonnen, the PRIDE icon explained, “I guess it’s a fight everyone, me including, want to see. I guess Anderson won that fight but Sonnen was the only one who had a better presentation while fighting the champion, so it’s a really interesting fight.”
“Everyone wants to see it again, but I guess it’ll be easier on Anderson to beat him this time,” he continued. “I guess he’ll let his game go and probably will knock him out.”
Regarding whether or not Silva’s dynamic stand-up will show when “The Axe Murderer” attempts to defend against Le’s arsenal of deadly kicks, the 33-11-1 legend replied, “It’s a good question. Let’s find it out. We plan some things we think about doing some things but when it comes, it’s always a surprise. We’re setting a route to follow and we hope to do it to get the win.”
In fact, Silva isn’t willing to tip his hand yet on any front, stating he may even be a bit more reserved than in the past when it comes to letting his hands go.
“We’ll only know it when the time comes. I guess after this last fight I trained my defenses better. My attack is good, but my defenses weren’t that good, so I focused on that and I hope to win. It doesn’t matter if it’s by points or KO. What I want is the win.”
Fans can catch Silva vs. Le on the PPV when things fire up at 9:00 PM EST with a plethora of preliminary pairings to pick from on Facebook/Spike TV in the hours preceding the broadcast.
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