Accustomed to mauling his opponents, Wanderlei Silva went through the worst phase of his career. Coming off back-to-back losses, he dropped five of his last six appearances. However, at UFC 110, which took place this Saturday in Australia, the “Axe Murderer” again triumphed in grand style when he overcame England’s Michael Bisping by unanimous decision.
“He is a tough fighter, but I believe I really won, because I got good positions and a knockdown in the final round. Perhaps if I had had a few more seconds in the second round, I would have finished,” Wand said, referring to the snug guillotine he sunk at the tail-end of the second stanza.
“He didn’t tap because he really is a great fighter and congratulations to him because he put on a great fight for the fans. That is important,” he said.
I went through hard times in my career” Wanderlei Silva
After the positive result and applause from the public, the Brazilian was overjoyed.
“I’m very happy because I trained so much for this fight. I went through hard times in my career and now I managed to win. It is a very important moment for my career,” he said.
The Brazilian demonstrated fluid muay thai skills in his appearance against Bisping, which was somewhat reminiscent of his days of glory in the Pride ring. For this presentation, Wand counted on the help of his first master, Rafael Cordeiro, and showed signs of what the work they do together can yield.
“Rafael Cordeiro is the best coach in the world; he’s incredible,” praised the fighter, still in the octagon.
Before the match there was much rivalry between Silva and Bisping, with strong statements made to the press. After the challenge, the Englishman left that aside and praised the winner.
“Wanderlei did a great job and I have to congratulate him, because he had a great fight. I lost tonight, but I want to continue fighting tough fighters,” said Bisping.
And Wand’s win brought joy to fans across the planet, as can be seen in the video below: