“The war has started. I’ll catch you, understand bro? I’ll catch him because our first fight did not prove anything really; it was a technical error and also a lucky moment. He knocked me out quickly… That loss is stuck in my throat and I will turn it over. I am a different fighter now and this time the one who is going to do the knocking out is me. I’ll beat him badly. I’m already preparing myself for this bout, “I’m acting on his mindset. Everybody knows he is strong but is psychologically weak. Everybody knows he goes to bits before going in to fight, so I’m damaging his mind already… I’ll go there to win, I’ll really beat up. When someone is going to fight me the guy has to come over in his prime but I go to smash, you know? Now he won’t get that luck of the first time. Now I’m going to knock him out.”
Wanderlei Silva sure isn’t short on potential opponents for 2011. First, Chris Leben called him out after scoring two impressive victories in two short weeks earlier this year. Then he put himself in Chael Sonnen’s crosshairs when he gave Sonnen an uncomfortable warning to back off Brazil in a video that spread across the MMA community for everyone to see. And now it appears he’s fanning the flames again on an old rivalry with Vitor Belfort.
With Belfort lined up for a middleweight title fight in February, it’s much more likely that we’ll see Wand-Leben or Wand-Sonnen before Wand-Belfort II, but if Vitor fails in his attempt to dethrone Anderson Silva, it would be very fitting to stage a Wand-Belfort rematch in Brazil next summer, the same place they first met nearly 13 years ago at UFC Ultimate Brazil.
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