Wanderlei Silva has told Anderson Silva to put his money where is mouth is ahead of his UFC 99 fight with Rich Franklin.
The two Silvas have had a war of words outside the Octagon since Anderson stated his thoughts about Wanderlei dropping to the 185lbs category on Sensei SporTV, calling the move "pretentious". Since then both have created a tough environment and speculation about a match has grown as they fire verbally at one another.
The latest episode of the series was the announcement of an Anderson Silva/Rich Franklin camp ahead of Franklin's fight with Wanderlei at UFC 99.
The Axe Murderer today shot back: "If Anderson believes in Franklin so much, bet U$ 50,000 and let's see who takes the money".
In preparation for the fight, Wanderlei has trained with great names of the sport such as Xande Ribeiro, Heath Herring, Demian Maia and recently Rafael Cordeiro, his old coach from the times of Chute Boxe, has joined the team.
Together they lived the best moments of their career in Japan fighting for PRIDE. Cordeiro knows Silva over ten years and the confidence of the "Mad Dog" (as he is known in Brazil) seems to be back.
"I go to knock him out. I have trained so much and Rich won't last two rounds. I think it is good Anderson has been preparing him. I hope he is also on the corner. I want to dare him to bet $50,000. I put these amount and Anderson or his sponsors, Ed Soares or Joinha, bet another part. Who wins takes the money," Wanderlei told Gazeta do Povo.
He expects a victory over the former middleweight champion and after that he wants to prove to everybody he is the man to beat The Spider up.
"Everyone wishes to fight the best ones and he is being pointed as the top of the world in all weights so I want this bout and the knockout."
Silva has also invited again former rivals Ricardo Arona and Paulo Filho to train with him in US and revealed his desire of a revenge versus Chuck Liddell:
"I would rather fighting him again but I don't know whether Chuck will be back soon. I think these talkings about retirement is not certain, he will only take a time. Let's see what is going to happen."
Wanderlei Silva versus versus Rich Franklin is the main event of UFC 99 on June 13th at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.
FO Staff Brasil