Wanderlei Silva has a grappling tag team set for Rizin Fighting Federation’s upcoming show on April 17, and he’s considering it a warm-up for his return to mixed martial arts later this year.
“The Axe Murderer”, who is still suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission until May 2017, told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that his idea is to make his Bellator debut around June or July, and his opponent could be Kimbo Silce.
“I want to make interesting fights,” Silva said. “In Bellator, one guy that I would love to fight is Kimbo. And I’m not going to the ground. I want to fight in his area. I want to do a good show, I want to give emotion to my fans. When I can’t do that I’m gonna really stop, but right now I feel good.”
Silva announced his retirement from the sport after the controversies surrounding a random drug test in Las Vegas, but decided to return when the UFC granted him a release of his contract in January 2016.
“I like what (Scott Coker) and Mike (Kogan) are doing,” said Silva, explaining why he decided to sign a deal with Bellator. “They offered me really good money, more than what I received before in the other event. I like the numbers. It’s good for me, it’s good for them, it’s good for the fans, I’m gonna (come) back.”
The Brazilian veteran, who holds a 35-12-1-1 record in mixed martial arts, revealed that he will also compete in a Rizin tournament later this year.
“The truth is that I want to fight in the old Pride rules, I want to kick guys in the face on the ground,” said the former Pride middleweight champion. “With that rule, I think I can fight with anyone.
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