Wanderlei Silva is one of the most well-known MMA fighters of all time, having built up a cult-like following while competing in Japan. Silva’s fan base carried over to the U.S. when he signed with the UFC, and now “The Axe Murderer” will get a chance to be seen even more as one of the coaches on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.
Silva will coach opposite Vitor Belfort, and the two are expected to square off in 2012. “The Phenom” defeated Silva when the two met earlier in their careers.
For Silva, however, this opportunity to help guide young fighters up through the ranks of the UFC is one he is taking very seriously.
“The expectations are great. The main idea is to show how is the life and the trainings of a fighter, make them focus and don’t get disturbed by the cameras or anything else,” said Silva, in a recent interview with Tatame.com. “There are many things they do on the American show that I particularly don’t think (is) nice. I believe we gotta sell the sport as it is. People will have to sign a deal on which they say that if they mess up with me, it’ll get ugly.”
Silva last competed in November, defeating Cung Le in a much-needed victory. By running his own team, Wand Fight Team, Silva has plenty of high-level coaches he can bring in to help him on the show.
“I’m talking to them to check their schedules, but it’s a secret,” said Silva, in regards to possible coaches.