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It's official: Wanderlei Silva signs with the UFC (Video)

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Quoteworthy (from UFC President Dana White):

"As crazy as this sounds, this is the pinnacle of my seven year career in this company. I'm so excited to have this guy under contract. He grabbed my arm and looked me in the eyes like one of his pre-fight staredowns and he said ‘I'm gonna fight so good for you, you're gonna see the best fights ever from Wanderlei Silva.... This guy is a real fighter. He reminds me of Chuck Liddell, and he's the kind of fighter that all fight fans love to see fight. He's a gunslinger. He will get in harm's way to inflict damage and pain. This guy comes out like a speeding train and never stops. He goes for the finish, he likes to knock people out, and I just think he's going to bring so much excitement to the UFC, I feel like I'm going to jump out of my skin."

Former PRIDE FC middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva will return the Octagon in December for the first time in more than seven years -- no opponent has been named at this time. "The Axe Murderer" is a light heavyweight who was almost booked to fight former 205-pound champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 76: "Knockout" in September. For more on Silva and his journey back to the UFC check out our Wanderlei archive.

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