Silva signs with UFC

Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva stare each other down in the octagon at UFC 61. (Photo courtesy...

Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva stare each other down in the octagon at UFC 61. (Photo courtesy UFC)

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After much speculation and rumours, the UFC has signed Wanderlei Silva.

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, Silva said in a press release. Today, Im one step closer to this goal.

Known as the Axe Murderer, Silva was one of the biggest stars in Pride Fighting Championships. Hes the former middleweight champion and winner of the 2003 middleweight Grand Prix, a tournament that included both Chuck Liddell and Quinton Jackson.

Yet, he and Liddell have never fought.

Several attempts have been made to make that match happen. The two even came face to face at UFC 61, but talks fell apart. Now with Silva under contract, one can assume it will only be a matter of time.

As for now, Silva is expected to debut in December, but an opponent has yet to be named.


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