Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Silva Says He Has Waited His Whole Career To Rematch Belfort

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

Wanderlei Silva has had an itch to get back in the cage with Vitor Belfort ever since Belfort embarrassed him at UFC: Brazil way back in 1998. Belfort needed only 44 seconds before he blasted his fellow countryman with a barrage of shots that still plays on UFC highlight reels today.

The two are opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and will meet some time down the road in a rematch that Silva has waited 14 long years for. He discussed it this week with The MMA Hour:

“This is the fight of my life. I've waited all my career for this fight. I've waited for (14) years for this fight. He is one of the guys I really, really want to fight before I (retire). This fight is the fight of my dreams. I've been fighting since I was 13 years old. I've fought for 21 years of my life. But, I still feel really good. I feel really motivated. You need to respect the body. We're not 22, 23 years old. I'm 35. I'm not looking 35, but I'm 35. But I'm not too old, I'm not too young. Maybe I can make my last fight in Japan. Maybe, I don't know. But we're going to check with the boss when they're going to have their next show there. I want to make my last fight in Japan.”

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