Seems like every mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter not employed by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is pining for a shot at heavyweight legend and current Rizin headliner Fedor Emelianenko.
Ya' know, eventually.
Like Tito Ortiz before him, former UFC smasher Wanderlei Silva is not in any hurry to collide with the former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion, because he's been inactive for the past two years. Emelianenko, on the other hand, already tuned up last December.
"The Axe Murderer" explains to Combate (via MMA Fighting):
"I really want to fight again in Japan. The Japanese promotion created Wanderlei Silva... I ended my career a while ago for disgust, not because I couldn't do it physically or mentally, but for disgust. But I think this time off made me really like it again, and I'm really happy that I'm feeling this desire to fight again. Like I said, I'm in negotiation to come back to fighting in Japan and I really want big challenges. There's a possibility of fighting Fedor, who is an opponent I would really like to fight. I'm not just talking, but can't be the first one, right? Now that I haven't fought in two years, I can't get him right away. I need to do some fights first, get my rhythm back, and when the promotion thinks it's time and I feel I'm in a good rhythm, I would really want to test myself against him, for sure. I've fought the best in the world but him. I would really like to test myself against him. I don't have anything against Fedor, but I would like to test myself and see how it goes."
I know someone willing to help him work the kinks out.
Silva is currently finishing up his disciplinary suspension handed down by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and won't be eligible to compete stateside until next year (details). That said, Rizin operates in Japan and gives zero fucks about any of the suits in "Sin City."
So, Wandy vs. Fedor... who wins?