Wanderlei Silva responds via video posted on his website to the allegations that he turned down a fight with Chuck Liddell for UFC 76 in September.
In the video Wanderlei stated, “I never said that I wouldn't fight Chuck. I've wanted this fight for a long time”
The former Pride champion continued, “I received a contract with two options, I could fight in September or November. I have chosed to make this fight in November. I was the first to want this fight, but they kept avoiding this fight. Now there's a lot of people saying that I have ducked Chuck. This is not true”
According to Silva, the timing for the fight to take place in September did not work for him. He explained, “I am in a moment of transition in my life. I'm going to move to the U.S. in a few weeks. I'm going to live in the U.S. and there's a lot of things happening, and I'm not focused on training the way I want to be. I always fought at the time the promoters wanted. Sometimes I did things I should not have done, but this time I won't do that anymore.”
Denying he ever turned down a fight with Chuck Liddell, Silva said, “I want to fight chuck in November and make a huge show, and make it the biggest show ever…I have no doubts it's the most important fight of my life. I know Chuck is a great name in the U.S., we'll do a great fight. I think I must be in my best shape, so I want this time to train better to be in my bets shape ever.”
Wanderlei asserted, “This fight is on, if he Chuck doesn't hide behind this mess.”