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Wanderlei Silva hoping to fight in Brazil and Japan again before retiring

Wanderlei Silva is treated like a rock star by MMA fans, as “The Axe Murderer” built up a cult-like following while delivering devastating knockouts as a PRIDE superstar.

While his UFC career hasn’t gone quite as planned, fans still want to see Silva in actio, and will this weekend when he meets Cung Le in the co-main event of UFC 139 from San Jose, California.

Silva, who went undefeated for several years while competing over in Japan, is just 2-4 since joining the UFC in 2007. Overall, Silva has lost six of his last eight fights, including four by knockout, but he would like to make appearances in both Japan and Brazil before his career ends.

“I made my (career) in Japan and I had the best times of my life there. I’ve had a lot of fun and I need to give one more fight there,” said Silva, in a recent interview with UFC’s website. “Brazil is my hometown so I want one more there, too.”

As for Le and his immediate future, Silva put in plenty of time in the training room and video room to figure out a plan for Le’s kicks.

“Before I knew nothing about him, but after the fight was made, I studied his game and he’s a really good fighter,” Silva said. “I haven’t seen anyone fight like him. I need to adapt my style for him. But I’m ready for the fight.”

Interested parties can catch Silva vs. Le on PPV when things start up at 9:00 PM EST. UFC 139 is headlined by Dan Henderson fighting Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in a title-eliminator with the winner likely in line for a crack at the light heavyweight championship.


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