Eduardo Ferreira: You’re going to be one of the TUF’s coaches. Are you excited about it?
Wanderlei Silva: Of course. I knew it for a week, the boss talked to me back in Vegas, but I couldn’t say because it was a surprise, but I’m really happy about it.
EF: What about your rivalry with Vitor? Will it help you at some point?
WS: There’re many things they do on the American show that I particularly don’t think it’s nice. I believe we gotta sell the sport as it is. Martial arts are about respect, discipline, posture. And that’s what they’ll see happening here, but it’s not going to be messy. Not in my side, at least. But people will have to sign a deal on which they say that if they mess up with me, it’ll get ugly (laughs).
EF: You wanted to fight Vitor for a long time and now you’ll have the chance. How are the expectations?
WS: The best possible. I believe I’m in a good place in my career, I’m a lot focused, I’m dedicating a lot and I guess it came on the right time. It’s been so long, and we’re not fighting in the same city anymore, because we fought in Sao Paulo, but it’ll show how the event has changed. As Vitor said himself, the last time we didn’t even have locker-rooms, so I warmed up on the bathroom, and now we have a big structure. That’s what happened with the sport.
EF: How will be the feeling to see a guy from your team beating someone of Vitor Belfort’s team?
WS: I wanna show the good side of the martial arts, show the positive aspects of practicing martial arts and make it popular to people who has never watched MMA in their lives, and maybe help people who do many things wrong, like doing crack and other drugs. Sometimes it happens because the guy doesn’t have anything to do, his friend starts doing it and he goes and does it. I guess we gotta bring these guys from the bad side and show them some things that are good, that’s my mission.
EF: You’re a guy who says what’s on your mind. Have you thought about it, since you’ll be live in open television?
WS: I hope I don’t say bullshit (laughs). I came from nothing and I believe people will see themselves in me. I really don’t mind about cameras, I’m always real. I have the good feeling of having conquered it all on the sport, people know my name all over the world, so it won’t change my life if more people will know my name or not. What I wanna do is try to change the lives of the ones who’ll be watching, try to set an example, a role model. Now I’m not focused on the money, I’m focused on people.