Wand Wants Change

Written by Tom Ngo
January 7th, 2009

Just two years ago, former PrideFC champion Wanderlei Silva was one of the world’s most feared MMA fighters. However the Brazilian has now dropped four of his last five bouts, including his last to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 92. With most asking the 32-year-old if it is time to change careers, he actually has a different kind of change in mind.

Although he isn’t too fond of the prospect of cutting a lot of weight, he thinks that a move down to the middleweight division might be the best for his career at this point in time.

“It’s my normal weight,” he says of the light heavyweight class. “I never cut down too much weight for a fight. Maybe I go to fight one more time at light heavyweight, and after I go down.”

And if he were to fight one more opponent in the 205-pound division, he already knows who he wants for it to be.

“I am thinking I want to fight Chuck again,” says Silva of his nemesis. “I want to fight with him again because I had a good match with him, and his style is a good style for me, and my style is good for him. It’s good for the show. Maybe it’s good for Dana.”

In one of the most anticipated matchups in MMA history, Silva lost a unanimous decision to the former UFC light heavyweight champion at UFC 79.

Although he has not experienced the same levels of success that he has in the past, Silva remains one of MMA’s more popular fighters. During his Octagon entrance at UFC 92, Silva received the night’s loudest ovation from the nearly-sold out crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Clearly, Silva still loves to fight, and the fans still want to see him fight. Sometimes change can be a good thing.

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