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Wanderlei Silva: “This is one fight I really, really want to do before I retire.”

Wanderlei Silva has competed against some of the elite fighters in MMA history. One bout, however, still haunts him to this day; a 44-second knockout loss to Vitor Belfort.

Now, thanks to Brazil’s inclusion in the Ultimate Fighter family, Silva will have a chance to meet Belfort again, as the two will square off later in 2012 after coaching on the realty show.

“The Axe Murderer” earned a victory over Cung Le in his last fight, while Belfort will meet Anthony Johnson this Saturday night at UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes.

“A lot,” said Silva, when asked in a recent interview with MMAJunkie about how much facing Belfort meant to him. “This is one fight I really, really want to do before I retire. I’m so happy for a fight with this guy in Brazil.”

Silva sports a career record of 34-11-1, but is just 4-6 during his stint in the UFC. “The Phenom” is 20-9 overall and 9-5 inside the Octagon. The two met back 14 years ago at UFC 17.5: Ultimate Brazil.

TUF Brasil will begin taping in February and will be shown on FUEL TV. Belfort and Silva will fight on a pay-per-view, likely set for this summer in Sao Paolo.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

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