Wanderlei Silva Returning in December?

Written by Tom Ngo
August 4th, 2008

Former PrideFC 205-pound champion, Wanderlei Silva, was recently a guest on TAGG Radio and discussed how the UFC is asking him to be prepared for a possible return to the Octagon in December. This will be the second consecutive year that Silva has ended the MMA year with a bang for the UFC.

“I’m talking with (UFC co-owner) Lorenzo (Fertitta),” Silva on the radio show. “They’re talking about December because it is the best event of the year. (Antonio Rodrigo) Nogueira is going to fight (Frank) Mir for the belt for the heavyweights.

“This is the best event. It’s much more promotion. They told me to be ready to fight in December.”

This will be the second consecutive year that Silva has fought in the UFC’s last card of the year. He lost to former UFC light heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell, last year at UFC 79, in the most highly anticipated match-up in MMA history.

Silva said he doesn’t know who his opponent will be, however the UFC did give him some options.

“They gave me 10 (possible) names,” Silva said. “My division is the best division in the world. They have so many names. I think they’re going to give a good opponent to me.”

Just last week, Josh Gross of SI.com reported that there could be a possible third match between Silva and recently troubled, former UFC lightweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Silva currently holds a 2-0 record over the fallen champion, both coming in knockout fashion

“I wanted to fight [Jackson] again,” said Silva. “I think it’s a very good match.”

Before impressively winning his last bout against Keith Jardine at UFC 84, Silva’s career was spiraling downward. He had lost three consecutive bouts, which had the former champion contemplating retirement. Now, he feels that his career is back on track, and he is focused on a title shot down the road.

“For me, I have time to fight for the belt in the future, no problem,” Silva stated. “I’m going to wait for my opportunity. I’m going to give my best on every fight. After I win my fights, I’m going to have an opportunity to fight for the belt.”

If Rampage is not ready to compete by December, Silva is not worried who the opponent is. He will be ready.

“For me, no problem,” Silva said. “I’ll fight with everybody.”

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