Few fighters come to mind more than Wanderlei Silva when thinking about the glory days of famed Japanese MMA promotion PRIDE. “The Axe Murderer” made a name for himself in the organization as one of the most dangerous men in the sport due to his ferocious approach and devastating power.
Though PRIDE is long gone and time has caught up with Silva to an extent, fans will have an opportunity to see the beloved Brazilian fight one last time in Japan before hanging up his gloves at some point in the immediate future when he squares off with Brian Stann this spring at UFC on Fuel 8. The moment will mark a special one for Silva, as he recently explained in a recent video blog.
“At the moment they announce “Wanderlei Silva” at Saitama Super Arena again it will be hard to contain the emotion and adrenaline. It’s fantastic. And to feel something like that is priceless. Emotion is something you can’t buy. You can only feel. And you can’t even talk about it much because only who has felt it knows it,” said Silva, a lump in his throat. “The other day I was remembering the Japanese sky. Japan has a different atmosphere, a different energy. I’ll be tasting that energy again on March 3. I can only guarantee one thing to my opponent and to all of you who will be watching: you will see a Wanderlei full of disposition.”
Adding to the excitement of Silva’s scrap, Stann possesses a similar style in terms of preferring to stand rather than work takedowns/submissions. As such, most pundits are predicting a knockout come showtime, as is the 36-year old Silva.
“I will be testing Brian Stann’s chin. I am feeling stronger, faster and more explosive. This fight will be a classic. Someone will end up on the ground and not because of a takedown,” Silva stated with a smile on his face.
The complete conversation with Silva can be seen below:
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC