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Vitor agrees to fight Wanderlei, Wandy insisting on Leben though

Best80smovieRAD2011-03-22 16:15:33 +0000 #1
so he ducked Stann and now he's ducking Vitor

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For a guy who built a career on fighting anybody, anywhere, anytime, Wanderlei Silva (33-10-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) is proving incredibly difficult to schedule.

UFC president Dana White said he's trying to book a rematch between Silva and Vitor Belfort (19-9 MMA, 8-5 UFC) – a fight "The Phenom" has verbally agreed to – but "The Axe Murderer" is holding out for a bout with Chris Leben (25-7 MMA, 11-6 UFC).

White admitted he's a little shocked by Silva's actions, especially considering he already turned down a UFC 130 fight with Brian Stann because he didn't want to face a U.S. military hero.

"We asked him to take [a fight with Stann], and he turned it down," White said. "He said, 'I don't like it because everybody likes this guy.' That's kind of a weird philosophy, but I'll accept that. Wanderlei's a warrior. He always goes out there. So we offered him the Vitor fight, and now he's on Twitter lobbying to fight Chris Leben."

This past week, Silva took to his official Twitter account and seemingly announced an official booking with "The Crippler."

"I fight with Chris Leben," Silva stated. "I think we're going to give a great show for the fans."

However, White said the UFC simply hasn't offered the contest to either fighter,

"I don't want him to fight Chris Leben," White said. "I want him to fight Vitor Belfort.

"Vitor Belfort has accepted the fight, wants the fight, and now we're fighting for Wanderlei to accept the fight."

White said the matchup would take place in Las Vegas, likely at July's as-yet-unofficial UFC 132 event, though it could happen as soon as May's "UFC 130: Edgar vs. Maynard III."

Belfort and Silva first tangled in October 1998. In one of the most famed highlights in UFC history, a then-21-year-old Belfort needed just 44 seconds to earn a TKO victory.

Silva has been inactive since a February 2010 victory over Michael Bisping. The Brazilian underwent knee surgery this past summer and has been recovering since.


Tallica19812011-03-22 16:25:10 +0000 #2
The tweet that he posted about "I fight Leben" was not meant to be an announcement, but rather poor english. He was basically posting who he wanted to fight and asking fans for their thoughts.

I think Wanderlei is past the point of another dominant run, and I think he is at a stage where he wants to preserve his legacy. He know that he is beloved by american fans more than any other brazillian has ever been, and he doesn't want to fight and "American Hero" (his words) and be in a fight where the crowd is chanting USA and rooting against him. He also knows that he can carry on his tradition of putting on fights to please the fans by a slobberknocker with leben.

He will end up fighting Vitor, but he knows it won't be as exciting as the leben fight.
ATroms2011-03-22 16:27:51 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Best80smovieRAD

so he ducked Stann and now he's ducking Vitor.

I never really heard any confirmation as to why Wand declined the Stann fight, but Ill actually cut him some slack regarding the whole military hero thing. His fighting guts are starting go soft. You couldnt tell me that in PRIDE he wouldve declined a fight for the reason stated above. It seems he now has a firm grasp on what his future holds and will dangle the Leben-carrot out there to his fans via twitter and see what everyone says. He always enjoyed doing that back when PRIDE would throw him out there with a mic. Im thinking he just wants to please everyone Gladiator style and not worry about avenging losses to former opponents, especially from 13 years ago...

PS - Im with Dana, the Vitor fight scratches right where im itching
Tallica19812011-03-22 17:33:33 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by ATroms

I never really heard any confirmation as to why Wand declined the Stann fight, but Ill actually cut him some slack regarding the whole military hero thing. His fighting guts are starting go soft. You couldnt tell me that in PRIDE he wouldve declined a fight for the reason stated above. It seems he now has a firm grasp on what his future holds and will dangle the Leben-carrot out there to his fans via twitter and see what everyone says. He always enjoyed doing that back when PRIDE would throw him out there with a mic. Im thinking he just wants to please everyone Gladiator style and not worry about avenging losses to former opponents, especially from 13 years ago...

PS - Im with Dana, the Vitor fight scratches right where im itching

Watch this:

Video From YouTube:(link)


Wanderlei talks about stann and Vitor.
ATroms2011-03-22 17:35:42 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Tallica1981

Watch this... Wanderlei talks about stann and Vitor.

Good vid... Wand rocking back and forth whenever people ask him about guys that want to fight him, i just eat that right up
ACIDBATHBELFORT2011-03-22 17:04:45 +0000 #6
Id much rather see Vitor pound out Bisping and Wandy/Leben.

I think Wandy knows his time is coming so he wants to take fights that will be fun for him and the fans which are slugfests. When on his game, Vitor is a bad match up. Im surprised he turned down Stann though. Thats unlike Wandy.

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