Wanderlei Silva has felt the wrath of the knockouts as of late, falling victim to brutal defeats at the hands of – literally – Chris Leben and Quinton Jackson since entering the UFC after a storied career in PRIDE.
For “The Axe Murderer,” however, his upcoming bout at UFC 139 with Cung Le presents a great opportunity to right himself and get back on the winning track. Silva vs. Le will serve as the co-main event for the night, a show set to unfold live from San Jose, California on November 19.
“Le can be a predictable guy (so) we know what to do to match his game,” Silva’s manager, Rafael Cordeiro, said in a video interview recently. “This is a great match for Wanderlei. This fight won’t pass blank. Cung Le is going to sleep in this one. In the best way, with brutality.”
Many have felt that Silva should retire, as he is just 4-6 in his last ten bouts, with four of those defeats coming via knockout. But, Silva has decided to fight on as he enters his 16th year of professional MMA.
“This training has a great flow, thank God,” said Cordeiro who runs King’s MMA and is well-known for his work with the famed Chute Boxe group. “Flowing good, with everything based on the fight.”
The 33-11-1 Silva held a championship in PRIDE for nearly six years, also winning a Grand Prix while under the Japanese promotion’s banner. 23 of his wins have come by way of a strike-based stoppage including past success against Keith Jardine and “Rampage” Jackson (X2).
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