Shit just got real. Like, really real.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Wanderlei Silva is taking the fight to local politicians when he runs for a seat in Congress under the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) in Parana, a position that would name him federal deputy if elected on Oct. 5, 2014.
Silva explains his political aspirations to MMA Fighting:
"I realized that I have many projects to be done, many interesting things, and if everything goes right, I will do this. I’ll go to the TUF house, knock Sonnen out and then start my campaign. I just opened a free, public MMA gym in Paraiba, so why can’t Curitiba or Sao Paulo have one? No money? Someone needs to do this. I’m tired of asking, so I’m going to do that on my own hands at the congress. No more corrupt politicians stealing from us. This generation needs to go to jail, retire or die. It’s the time for the good people, but we need to do something. It needs to be good for everybody. And if you think Romario is controversial, wait until I get there."
Don't fuck with deputy "Axe Murderer."
Before Silva can run for office, he must first dispose of bitter rival Chael Sonnen after the two finish up their coaching duties on the next installment of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil," which is expected to debut on the Fight Pass network later this spring.
Details on that right here.
Wandy would not be the first mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter to pursue politics. Former PRIDE FC cohort and ex-UFC heavyweight Mirko FIlipovic was a member of the Croatian Parliament from 2003 through 2007. In addition, Sonnen also tried to throw his hat into the political arena back in 2010.
How serious Silva is about his future endeavor remains to be seen, but clearly the 37 year-old fighter is looking toward a future that does not involve smashing people. Then again, based on the comments above, maybe not. Heck, I'd vote for him.
Wanderlei Silva ... agent of chaos!