Wand: TUF USA can be ugly, TUF Brazil will show respect

by Eduardo Ferreira | source: tatame.com
 

Tatame recently interviewed Wanderlei Silva about his appointment as a coach versus Vitor Belfort on the debut Brazilian edition of the TUF series.

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.

Read entire article...

Related MMA gear from the UG Store

 

UFC Elite Series MMA Training Gloves

UFC Elite Series MMA Training Gloves

$89.99 $62.99

Venum Wanderlei \

Venum Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva Shirt

Only $32.99

 


Recent Comments »

dj_pipes site profile image  

12/14/11 6:49 PM by dj_pipes

Yes lol

BenBJJ site profile image  

12/14/11 6:34 PM by BenBJJ

Have they released a list of potential competitors?

BenBJJ site profile image  

12/14/11 5:40 PM by BenBJJ

'Brasil Urgente' is my favorite show here in Rio!

ChokeEmOut site profile image  

12/14/11 5:11 PM by ChokeEmOut

Most people are incapable of understanding what Wanderlei is saying here.Americans will promote anything to make money. MMA is no longer about martial arts, showing respect. It's about acting like an asshole to get noticed. Disrespecting everyone to "sell" the fight.Wanderlei is one of the few that knows what it's really about."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)."

Ceelo site profile image  

12/14/11 4:06 PM by Ceelo

 I can see where wand is coming from.... These guys grow up with nothing, poor, selling chicles on the corners... to be given an oppurtunity like this is not to be wasted.

stonepony site profile image  

12/14/11 3:45 PM by stonepony

Obviously the people commenting have never caught Brazilian TV news... Let's just hope nobody gets executed by a goon wearing a motorcycle helmet.

OppressedAtheist site profile image  

12/14/11 12:03 PM by OppressedAtheist

Wandy is right !!!

OnlyTheStrongSurvive site profile image  

12/14/11 11:26 AM by OnlyTheStrongSurvive

Hmmm Diego Brandaois Brazilian and he was pretty crazy haha. we'll see

glock4life site profile image  

12/14/11 11:22 AM by glock4life

Love hearing wandy talking up the positive parts of martial arts. Truly a master.

Stephen Eakin site profile image  

12/14/11 10:51 AM by Stephen Eakin

Yes! Lol