The UFC’s mission for achieving global dominance is far from a secret. However, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion has hosted only one Octagon event in Brazil, a country that produces MMA champions hand over fist.
If enthusiasts were to believe former PrideFC middleweight champ Wanderlei Silva, it’s only a matter of time before they come back to storm his homeland, and it will be quite the fiesta once it goes down.
“For me, it would be a dream,” Silva told Sherdog.com of fighting in front of his countrymen. “I would really enjoy fighting for my Brazilian fans. There are some great Brazilian UFC fighters. [UFC President Dana White] could make it an unforgettable card. I could even help him make a Brazilian dream team to face foreigners.
“They’re putting so many Brazilians in fights with other Brazilians. It’s time to put us in fights against fighters from other countries. Without a doubt, it would be an event I’d like to participate in. I’d be happy to go in and put on a show for the people in Brazil. I’m sure they’d like my performance.”
As Chad Ochocinco would say, “Child, please!” Do you really expect for fans to believe there are enough Brazilian superstars out there to formulate a blockbuster fight card?
Oh, my bad…
“I’d put in [Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira], [Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua], [Anderson Silva], myself, [Antonio Rogerio ‘Minotoro’ Nogueira] and [Junior dos Santos]. That’s six,” Wandy said of his vast talent pool. “Actually, there are many fighters who could participate in such an event.”
Although Silva hasn’t formally been offered a position as an Octagon event coordinator, the iconic 205-pounder has served as one of the sport’s greatest ambassadors for most of his career. It’s a role he’s welcomed with open arms, especially if he can create opportunities for his country’s youth.
“I’m helping people who are starting to train, and I’m opening doors for others from Brazil,” he said. “Thank God I don’t need money from these people. God gave me what he gave me to pass on my gift.”
FYI – UFC 17.5 took place inside Ginasio da Portuguesa in Sao Paulo, Brazil back in October 1998.