It’s been a long time since former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva has stepped inside the Octagon. In fact, he’ll return from the longest layoff of his legendary career when he takes on Chris Leben tonight at UFC 132.
A lot has happened in the nearly 16 months the Brazilian has been out of action. He’s opened a gym, undergone surgery and has been called out by several fighters during his hiatus, but his ultimate goal remains the same.
He fights for the thrill of fighting, which he hopes will yield some extra cash.
“I want to try to have the check for ‘Fight of the Night’ or ‘Knockout of the night,'” Silva told 5thRound.com during this week’s media gathering. “I want to make my fans, I mean my friends, happy. They pay a lot of money for see me fight and I want it to be exciting.
“Every time I fight for that.”
Silva vs. Leben definitely has the potential to rock the house tonight inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, as the middleweights have professed their desire to slug it out to see who’s left standing.
Despite the extended layoff, “The Axe Murderer” feels confident and comfortable heading into his shootout with Leben.
“I sleep in my bed, I eat my food, it’s better for me,” Silva said about fighting in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas. “This is the first time I’m gonna fight after opening my gym, everybody’s going. The students are coming, the parents are coming and my family is coming.
“I feel healthy, I have no injuries anymore and I expect a great fight.”
It is the 4th of July weekend, so it’s only appropriate for everyone to enjoy some fireworks.