Signed, sealed and delivered!
Today the UFC announced the signing of former PRIDE middleweight champion and top ranked light heavyweight Wanderlei Silva. According to the UFC’s article, Silva will make his return to the octagon in December after spending nearly 7 years in PRIDE.
“Many fighters have a dream of fighting for the UFC, and as a champion for six years in Japan, my dream has always been to have the UFC belt,” said Silva. “Today, I’m one step closer to this goal.”
When asked about the signing Dana White was ecstatic calling it the pinnacle of his seven year career.
“As crazy as this sounds, this is the pinnacle of my seven year career in this company,” said UFC President Dana White. “I’m so excited to have this guy under contract. He grabbed my arm and looked me in the eyes like one of his pre-fight staredowns and he said ‘I’m gonna fight so good for you, you’re gonna see the best fights ever from Wanderlei Silva.’”
“This guy is a real fighter,” said White. “He reminds me of Chuck Liddell, and he’s the kind of fighter that all fight fans love to see fight. He’s a gunslinger. He will get in harm’s way to inflict damage and pain. This guy comes out like a speeding train and never stops. He goes for the finish, he likes to knock people out, and I just think he’s going to bring so much excitement to the UFC, I feel like I’m going to jump out of my skin.”
Wanderlei Silva has spent the last 7 years in PRIDE amassing a record of 18-4-1 (1 NC). Silva holds victories over the likes of UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Kazuyuki Fujita, Ricardo Arona, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Hidehiko Yoshida, Kazushi Sakuraba, Dan Henderson, Guy Mezger, and Kiyoshi Tamura.