I feel sorry for the next guy that has to spar with Wanderlei Silva.
That's because the longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran is "pissed" at fellow Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil coach Vitor Belfort, who broke his hand in training camp and withdrew from their UFC 147 rematch scheduled for the "Mineirinho" arena on June 23, 2012 in Belo Horizonte.
A replacement for "The Phenom" has yet to be announced.
That means "The Axe Murderer" must now play the waiting game as he prepares for an unknown opponent on less than a month's notice, assuming he remains on the UFC 147 fight card.
Hear him unload on the "disrespectful" and "scared" Belfort (via Tatame.com) after the jump.
"We are professionals. It’s a great irresponsibility not to be careful on training, a great disrespect towards the fans. I’m really sad. I’m ready to knock you out, you have nowhere to run. This fight is happening. I guess you got scared of me. Nobody trains so hard that breaks his hand. We use the best equipments, gloves, bandages. If you were scared, you shouldn’t have accepted it. If you really got it broken, it’s amateurism and if you didn’t, you’re scared. In both scenarios, it was irresponsible of you towards the fans. Pardon the word, but I’m pissed with your amateurism. A main event on the biggest event of the world and the guy shows up like that."
Silva has been looking for revenge since the pair first met inside the cage more than a decade ago at UFC 17.5: "Ultimate Brazil." Belfort defeated him in just 44 seconds by way of technical knockout.
"The Axe Murderer" is fresh off a second-round shellacking over former Strikeforce 185-pound champion Cung Le and could get himself back into the title hunt with an upset win over his Brazilian rival -- if and when they ever hook 'em up for a second time.
Until then ... stay tuned.
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