Former PrideFC middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva has finally found his way back on the the winning track with his UFC 110 victory. Now that he remembers how to win, there’s a certain Japanese import calling for him and the Brazilian’s ready to answer.
“[Yoshihiro] Akiyama wants to fight Wanderlei very bad,” UFC president Dana White said at the UFC 110 post-fight presser. “It’s a big fight that he wants. We offered him another fight, and he said he wants Wanderlei.”
Prior to Saturday night’s unanimous decision win over Michael Bisping, Wandy had dropped five of his last six bouts and hasn’t looked close to the fighter he was while running PrideFC’s 205-pound division just five years ago.
Silva was one fighter the 13-1 Akiyama never crossed paths with while in the Orient, but it appears he’s been chompin’ at the bit to get a piece for quite some time. Despite a less than spectacular split decision victory over Alan Belcher in his Octagon debut at UFC 100, Akiyama has his sights set on adding “The Axe Murderer” to his resume.
“Wanderlei is sitting here with stitches in his chin and a black eye and everything else,” White said. “He’s going to go home, relax, heal, and then we’ll talk to Wanderlei and see when he’s ready again. But yeah, Akiyama wants that fight really bad.”
Well, if “Sexyama” wants some, Wandy is more than willing to oblige.
“Akiyama,” Silva emphatically stated when asked who he would prefer to face next.
“There you go,” White said with a smile as he looked at Silva. “It just pissed him off that I said Akiyama wants to fight him, so now he wants Akiyama.”
It had been previously reported that the winner of the Bisping/Silva scrap would face the Japanese superstar sometime this summer, however White wouldn’t commit to when the middleweight affair might go down.