COLOGNE, GERMANY, JUNE 13, 2009: Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin during "UFC 99: The Comeback" inside LanXess Arena, Cologne. - COPYRIGHT: Martin McNeil
According to the Hawaiian, who's now won three straight and five of six inside the Octagon...
"I want to fight Wanderlei Silva. I think the fight with Wanderlei makes a lot of sense and it would be awesome stylistically. 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. Wanderlei responded to the Watson call out and said as long as a fight made sense he would take it. He said it didn't matter how big or little the name was; the fight just had to make sense. That's where I feel me asking for Wanderlei fits that category. It would be a matchup where an MMA legend is a facing an up-and-comer trying to breakthrough. He lives in Vegas. I train in Vegas, and there is an event this summer at UFC 162 with a lot of middleweights already on the card. Let's make the fight with Wanderlei Silva happen and add another great middleweight fight to that event. If all the stars aligned perfectly it would be me standing across the cage from Wanderlei Silva on July 6 in Las Vegas at UFC 162."
Former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11 contestant Brad Tavares (via Bleacher Report) becomes the latest middleweight to call out longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Wanderlei Silva, who buried Brian Stann at UFC on FUEL TV 8 earlier this month in Japan. Following his sensational technical knockout win over the "All American," Silva has once again become a hot commodity, as evidenced by his post-fight (and classless) call out from BAMMA import Tom Watson. To his credit, "The Axe Murderer" remains open to fighting any and all challengers, but are you, as a fan, willing to be as accommodating? Or do you prefer to see the Brazilian bang it out against bigger names and/or fellow storied veterans?