It has been recently reported by Sherdog that “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (33-10) is still thrilled, almost two weeks after UFC 110, with the fact that everything, from his weight-cut to his reunion with Chute Box coach Rafael Cordiero, went according to plan. The former Pride FC middleweight champion even went as far as describing his victory over Michael Bisping, in Australia, as “tasty”.
“This win was probably one of the most tasty of my career. I was eight months out of the octagon and had to overcome a lot of challenges like the new weight, but I’m happy everything went out fine,” said Silva, who has fought most of his career at 205lbs but debuted in the UFC’s 185lbs middleweight division against Bisping.
Most of Wanderlei’s successes during the fight happened within the last minutes of each round.
The Brazilian unleashed a classic Wanderlei flurry at the end of round one, nearly choking out Bisping with seconds left in the following round, and landed a heavy punch that floored the Brit in the final ticks of the fight.
“I got very close to winning three bonuses. If they had the almost best submission, almost best knockout – I probably would have won also the almost best fight of the night,” Silva mused.
Like many successful Brazilian mixed martial artists, Wanderlei is originally a product of highly famed fight school, Chute Box Academy.
Along with Wanderlei, the institution has groomed exciting fellow UFC fighters like Shogun Rua, Anderson Silva, and Thiago Silva.
The academy has been instrumental in developing “The Axe Murderer’s” aggressive Muay Thai style. The 33-year old also attributes his recent victory to getting back to his Chute Box roots with coach Rafael Cordiero.
“Since Chute Boxe, (there were) times I didn’t feel in such great sync with my corner. Sometimes it looks like (Cordeiro) has a joystick in his hands,” said Silva, who has recently opened his own fight academy in Las Vegas, Wand Fight Team.
The night in Sydney went Silva’s way with a decision win but the same can’t be said about his fellow Brazilian, heavyweight Antonio Nogueira. Despite his first round knockout loss to Cain Velasquez, Wanderlei had encouraging words of wisdom for Nogueira after the bout.
“I trained with Minotauro and I could tell he was in such a great shape,” said Silva. “What happened to him was the same that happened to me against Quinton Jackson. He lowered his head and attacked with a cross punch that hit my chin.
There isn’t a man on the face of the Earth that can resist a punch from Velasquez or Quinton on the chin. I told Nogueira that in the dressing room after the fight. Which other heavyweight has 40 fights and only 6 losses?”
With the win at UFC 110, Wanderlei will meet another Japanese fan favorite in Yoshihiro Akiyama sometime this year—a bout that could decide a future challenger for the middleweight crown.
“(Akiyama’s) a very tough opponent and I’ll have to improve my physical training for that fight. Actually, I’m already looking for a new physical trainer. If someone is interested, please send your resume to Wand Fight Team,” he said.