Wanderlei Silva: 'Shogun' can defeat Jon Jones, has no beef with Vitor Belfort

You probably want to take Wanderlei Silva's (above) opinions seriously.

With 47 fights to his credit, Wanderlei Silva is one of the most respected and accomplished mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters still in the game today.

After running roughshod in PRIDE, "The Axe Murderer made his way back stateside to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC); however, the success he found in PRIDE did not follow. Although he's just 3-4 inside the Octagon, Silva truly got a new lease on his storied career at UFC 139 when he defeated Cung Le on Nov. 19, 2011, with his vintage Muay Thai skills that, during his prime, instilled fear unto the opponents that stepped into the ring with him.

The win was enough for the UFC to award Silva a "Fight of the Night" bonus and also a coaching slot opposite Vitor Belfort in the first ever international edition of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil .

Hoping to avenge his loss to "The Phenom", which went down 13 years ago at UFC Brazil, Wanderlei says that despite his past beef with Belfort, all is good between the two Brazilian brawlers.

In an interview with Sherdog.com, Silva touches on his past war of words with Vitor and who he feels can beat UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Check it out:

When asked if there is still tension between him and Vitor Belfort:

"No, times are different. I met him and apologized. Once in Las Vegas, I was disrespectful. I went back to old times and talked some nonsense. Then I apologized and admitted I had done wrong. You have to be man enough to take responsibility. It's alright now, and we'll solve it the way we have to: by trading punches. I have the best job in the world. I can go in there, settle my differences the best way possible and still make some money."

Silva, who took "Shogun" under his wing during their early days of dominance during their time in "The Land of the Rising Sun," says that if completely healthy, Rua is the man to defeat UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones:

"Shogun is the most talented guy I've ever seen. I was watching video of the Pride Shogun and saw a strong Shogun. Under these conditions, he can defeat Jones. He's the guy to beat the champion, but he has to be 100 percent."

With at least six months until his next fight, Silva will have plenty of time to rest his body, which has taken extensive damage throughout his 14 year career. In the meantime, Silva will put his best coaching hat on as he hopes to prevail as the first ever winning coach of TUF Brazil.

What do you say, Maniacs? Do you share the same sentiment that "Shogun" is the man to cool down the scorching hot career of Jon Jones, even though "Bones" already dismantled him? Or is he being a little biased due to his close relationship with his former Chute Boxe training partner?

And what are the chances he comes away from both his coaching stint and bout with Belfort victorious?

Opinions, please.

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