Vitor Belfort (L) and Wanderlei Silva (R) will face off at UFC 147 on June 23, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the conclusion of their The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil" coaching duties.
"This is the fight of my life. I've waited all my career for this fight. I've waited for (14) years for this fight. He is one of the guys I really, really want to fight before I (retire). This fight is the fight of my dreams. I've been fighting since I was 13 years old. I've fought for 21 years of my life. But, I still feel really good. I feel really motivated. You need to respect the body. We're not 22, 23 years old. I'm 35. I'm not looking 35, but I'm 35. But I'm not too old, I'm not too young. Maybe I can make my last fight in Japan. Maybe, I don't know. But we're going to check with the boss when they're going to have their next show there. I want to make my last fight in Japan."
-- Appearing on "The MMA Hour" today (April 2, 2012), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight contender Wanderlei Silva says that when he finally faces off against fellow The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil" coach, Vitor Belfort inside the Octagon, it will be the dream match he has long desired. "The Phenom" blitzed passed "The Axe Murderer" at UFC: "Brazil" way back on Oct. 16, 1998, in a matter of 44 seconds of the opening round of their first encounter. Fourteen years later, Silva will have the chance to avenge his quickest loss to date in the place where the first fight went down, as the two are tentatively penciled in to collide at UFC 147: "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 23, 2012. After 16 years of entertaining fans with some of the most brutal knockouts and memorable fights in mixed martial arts (MMA) history, Silva also says that when the day comes he has to hang up his 4 oz. gloves for good, he hopes the UFC will grant him his final fight in the Far East, in Japan, where his career took off with Pride FC. What say you Maniacs, will Silva be able to seek his long desired revenge against Belfort? Or will "The Phenom" turn Silva's dream fight into a real life nightmare ... again?