"The UFC gave me a good choice in a hard opponent again, because here, you have no easy fights. First Chuck, after, Jardine, Rampage, and now, Franklin; just tough guys. But I love it, because I love to fight with the best guys. I need to know my limit, and where it’s possible that I’m going. I give the time to give a lot of shows. I know I’m going to have a great future."
– Wanderlei Silva talks about his upcoming fight against Rich Franklin at UFC 99 from the the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, on June 13. "The Axe Murderer" is confident that he will be able to handle the weight cut to the proposed catchweight of 195 pounds, which could serve as a precursor to future fights at middleweight. This is a big fight for the Brazilian — he has dropped four of his last five fights — against a very tough opponent. He needs a win bad … especially after the hard stance Dana White has taken of former headliners like Chuck Liddell.