Wanderlei Silva reinvigorated his fan base and appears to be catching the imagination of legions of new fans with stellar performances in each of his first two fights inside of the octagon. One, an instant classic; a back and forth battle with former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, and the other, a brutal first round knockout of the last man to beat Liddell, Kieth Jardine.
Internet bloggers and popular forums have been quick to muse about Silva’s next opponent and it wasn’t long before “confirmation” was coming from everywhere. One fan went as far as creating a fake Wanderlei Silva myspace account and sent a bulletin stating that Silva would be fighting either Thiago Silva or Lyoto Machida. Other bloggers have “confirmed” that Silva will face Jardine’s teammate and close friend, Rashad Evans. Still another source insisted that Matt Hamill was Silva’s next opponent, though Fightline.com spoke directly with Hamill’s representatives who flatly denied that a fight with Silva is on the table.
If any of this is true, it’s certainly news to Silva and his camp who relayed the following to our friends over at Tatame:
“If they have mouth, they can talk. Nobody from UFC call us to talk about the next fight. Wanderlei is on vocations at Hawaii, I talked with him on the fone and there is nothing right for the next bout”, guaranteed Alejarra, denying the information.
So, for now, don’t believe the hype. According to Silva himself his next fight will likely be a rematch with Chuck Liddell or Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, but it’s all still speculation at this point.