At least that's what Dana White claimed at a recent Q&A session (via Cage Potato):
"We were actually trying to hook [Silva] up with Brian Stann. He doesn't want to fight Brian Stann. He's like, 'F*ck that; everybody is going to hate me if I fight Brian Stann. Everybody loves Brian Stann.' But that's the fight we're trying to make right now."
It's almost hard to believe that it's been nearly an entire calendar year since the last time Wanderlei Silva has competed in the Octagon, a unanimous decision win over Michael Bisping in his middleweight debut. That win served as a sort of rebirth for the fading legend and immediately catapulted him back into the limelight with fans begging for interesting match-ups and salivating at all the possibilities for the Brazilian at 185-pounds. A bout against Chris Leben that would have pleased both parties, not to mention fight fans the world over, was derailed when Brian Stann knocked out "The Crippler" at UFC 125. "All American" has been calling out Silva since that victory but according to Mr. White, he's a bit tentative about accepting the challenge. Are you surprised to hear this? Does this sound like "The Axe Murderer" we all know and love?