Where should Wandy train in the US?
- 07-25-2007, 12:05 AM
Where should Wandy train in the US?
Wandy's set to move to the US. Was there some issues between him and Chute Boxe? Where do you guys think he should train?
Here's an interview with the man.
Former PRIDE middleweight ace Wanderlei Silva (Pictures) is coming to America.
"I'm moving to the U.S., but I still don't know where I'll live. I'm in doubt between Las Vegas and Florida," Silva stated. "I'm going there to see a house … and after this I'll decide."
The Brazilian admits he doesn't even know where he will train, "I'm shooting in the dark, and I'm still thinking how I will train. I have to see the available gyms, where I'll train, and with who."
Wanderlei stated that this situation forced him to ask for a later date with Chuck Liddell (Pictures), but he lamented that he doesn't know when the showdown will take place.
"I would fight him in September," Silva explained, "But because of my move I asked to fight him later -- maybe at the end of this year -- or maybe not. I don't know. It depends on the UFC."
Regarding Liddell's recent statements that Silva has turned down the much-hyped contest, Silva commented, "I will not run away from him, not now, not ever. I respect him. He is a very good athlete, a tough guy, and that's why he was the UFC champion for such a long time. I want to fight him when I'm 100 percent ready, no excuses."
A frustrated Silva wondered aloud why there was such a rush after he was forced to wait so long for this fight in the first place.
"I waited on him for two years, and now he can't wait for me for two months?" said the former PRIDE FC 205 lb. champ. "That's OK. I'll be in USA now, preparing myself to fight him, but if he doesn't want to, or if this fight would be not interesting anymore, I'll fight against anybody, no problem. But this fight should really happen, because there are a lot of people waiting for this. I never ran away from him, or anybody else. I don't fear him or any other fighter.
"I'm going through changes, fixing my personal life, but I'm OK," the Brazilian said, "I'm very focused, training a lot and I'll be ready soon. I want to show all my potential, and give a great show, because this is what the fans expect from me. I hope to live up to their expectations."
Silva reveals that he was close to signing a contract with UFC, but now he doesn't know how the situation will unfold.
"My contract was close to being signed, I had it in my hands," Silva continued, "I would sign to fight Liddell, but if it doesn't happen I can wait for a while, because I have proposals from other promoters as well. There are a lot of good offers, with a lot of fights included, and very good purses. So I will wait to see if I will fight him. I'll wait for the name they give me, and if this is an opponent who brings me an audience, I'll fight him, without a doubt."
It is important to the man dubbed "The Axe Murderer" to fight the best the world has to offer. He has been on the big stage for so many years now, he feels it would be a step down to fight anyone who doesn't measure up to the caliber of competition he has been facing for most of his career.
"I want amazing fights; interesting battles, as it would be against Chuck. I want to compete for a good organization against a great opponent; meaning, a classic match. If it's not that classic match, I prefer to wait."
Having not stepped into the ring since being knocked out by Dan Henderson (Pictures) back in February; Silva is excited to resume his career in the States.
"I hope to fight again soon, so everyone can see me in action again, and to conquer new American fans, just like I did in Japan," declared Silva. "I'll live there, raise my son in the USA and hope that he'll have every opportunity to become a great fighter."
And if you see an "Axe Murderer" strolling on your block, "Watch out, who knows when Silva will be walking through your neighborhood (laughs)? … We'll meet in Florida or Las Vegas. A big hug to all of you, and God bless you all."
- 07-25-2007, 12:09 AM
07-25-2007, 12:13 AM
Randy's always a good choice. I think he needs to get a little more technical with his striking and start uses his those amazing KNEES that he punished people with in his peak axe murdering days. We haven't seen them in a while.
07-25-2007, 12:17 AM
That's true. He needs a good boxing coach more than anything I suppose. Training with Rampage would be a good option, except the part where he has to be in the same room as Rampage.
07-25-2007, 07:20 AM
I don't know if A. Silva is living here, but A. Silva trains with Nog, who lives here now. I think training with that A.Silva/Nog crew would be great for Wandy. He'd get great ground and standup experience.
Training with Randy would be great for his wrestling, but a few months with Randy won't allow Wandy to take Chuck down. Still, Randy would be a good fit.
American Top Team would also be good.
07-25-2007, 08:20 AM
^ yeah with the Dream Team would be good.
Randy's Camp, I dont think personally for him it would be a good fit at all. Different styles and i dont believe there is allot of brazilians that train there.
Rampage trains with TP in CA, not with Randy.
I would think he would want to live in vegas and train with Chute boxe in LA? Seems like the most logical step, but i dont know what other great fighters are out of there.
07-25-2007, 09:31 AM
I think the Chute Boxe USA team is a bit weak. Wandy needs world class training partners. To go from training with Shogun and Ninja to some guy we've never heard of is a joke. Plus, he'd probably be KOing guys left and right.
07-25-2007, 01:11 PM
I def agree. I dont knwo where he will train, but the two things are talent/fighters and a brazilian influence.
07-25-2007, 01:26 PM
training with tito in big bear could be good for him, even though he has been less than impressive lately their camp of fighters seems to be doing well aside from Tito.
and im not even sure Tito is giving these fights all hes got, hes making good money off of them, and he seems to be the master of "oh, this fight wasnt that great, we need a rematch" and basically doubling his money.
everyone wants to see Wandy VS Chuck, but id rather see him fight rampage, or walk through some people lower on the ladder, regardless hes coming off of two losses and hasnt had a win in exactly a year, so hes gotta hook up with someone good when he moves.
i think Jardine VS Wandy would make a more entertaining fight than Jardine VS Chuck, or maybe Houston Alexander, that wouldnt be too bad.
07-25-2007, 07:18 PM
07-25-2007, 09:19 PM
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