When the UFC recently revealed the coaches for the organization’s upcoming Ultimate Fighter season based in Brazil there were few better choices to represent the brand, country, and sport in general than Wanderlei Silva. A ferocious competitor inside the cage who possesses a heart of gold outside of it, “The Axe Murderer” is one of MMA’s true icons and a hero in his South American home.
Silva provided a revealing look at the moments leading up to, during, and after the UFC’s historic announcement regarding TUF Brasil, by allowing cameras to follow them while capturing his thoughts on the entire process.
“I want to really show how we prepare for a fight,” said the hard-hitting Silva. “Good luck to all the fighters trying out. And to the chosen ones, grab this opportunity, because this is a unique opportunity.”
The 35-year old also showed gratitude to his employers for the “unique opportunity” he’d been given to head one of the two teams, the other being coached by Vitor Belfort.
“Thanks to the UFC for bringing TUF here to Brazil. This beautiful country. A great country with talented fighters. We have everything for it to be a success. I feel very honored being chosen to coach on the show. I hope to be able to do a great job.”
As kind and humble a spirit as there is in Mixed Martial Arts. Silva also hopes to achieve a goal much more meaningful than having his team win more fights or even handing out a TUF trophy.
“We’ll also be showing out of the 300 fighters in the UFC…I don’t know how many came from a rich family. It’s not my case and it’s not the case of any of my friends, who like me came from humble beginnings,” Silva revealed. “We prove that through hard work and dedication you can achieve things you would never imagine.”
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