Silva Wouldn’t Mind Rematch with Liddell
Wanderlei Silva has a lot on his plate already — a main event bout with rival Chael Sonnen at Bellator NYC this coming Saturday, June 24 — but he hasn’t stopped thinking about his MMA future, and it just might have a link to his past.
MMA legend Chuck Liddell defeated Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision back at UFC 79 in December 2007, that year’s Fight of the Year. With Liddell contemplating coming out of retirement and possibly joining Bellator MMA, Silva admitted that he would love to face Liddell in a rematch.
“This is gonna be great,” Silva told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. “I think some guys stop too early, like Chuck. Chuck is a really good guy, a good fighter, a tough guy. I would love to [watch] Chuck fighting again. And maybe I can have a rematch. We made the best fight of the year. I want to have my chance to give [him] what he gave to me, too. But now is a different time.”
Silva said that when he last fought Liddell, he had just gotten into America. In fact, the first time he fought Liddell was Silva’s first UFC bout. He had spent years with PRIDE beforehand, and didn’t have a true corner team for the bout.
“I left Chute Boxe, and I [got] one guy from jiu-jitsu [Andre Galvao], one guy from boxing [Ulysses Pereira], one guy for physical training [Rafael Alejarra], and put these guys in my corner to teach me. I never fight like that. I had the same corner all my life, and that moment I changed. But right now I have my old guys again. I would love to have rematch against Chuck.”