Now that Wanderlei Silva’s UFC run looks to continue after taking a second round knockout win over Brian Stann, the number of challengers has grown. The latest to want a shot is middleweight Brad Tavares.
“I want to fight Wanderlei Silva,” said Tavares to Bleacher Report. “I’ve been coming up the ranks and getting to fight someone I’ve looked up to for so long would be an awesome opportunity. It is the fight I really want and I hope I get my wish. It would be a dream come true to fight that guy.”
Tavares is walking around a little taller lately, after bumping his record to 10-1. Of his five UFC wins, four were decided by the judges. He’s coming off a win against Riki Fukuda from earlier this month at UFC on FUEL TV.
On that same card, Silva headlined in his return to Japan. For his performance, he left with extra cash after taking Fight of the Night and sharing Knockout of the Night with Mark Hunt.
The two have no fights confirmed as Silva looks to remain active in the sport.