“I’ll be honest, I’m excited to fight Wanderlei and I’m a little scared at the same time, too. For me that’s a very motivating and driving emotion… He’s an animal. There’s nothing more motivating than fear of a coma. Honestly, I’m so psyched to fight Wanderlei Silva. He’s one of my heroes. I don’t want to tell him this, but when I started fighting, I would get bootleg PRIDE videos and in some ways try to emulate some of the stuff he did. You’ve got to beat a legend to be a legend. To fight one of my heroes, I’m so stoked. A passing of the torch is kind of what I’m hoping for. A little fear is good. I might be a little worried, but you know what? I’m going to get in there and do what I do because as men, that’s what we do. We look our issues and fears in the eye, and then we conquer them.”
— Chris Leben on the UFC 132 conference call, via MMA Fighting, talking about his upcoming fight against Wanderlei Silva
What a slugfest this one’s going to be. Wanderlei Silva says he aiming for Fight of the Night and even Fight of the Year. We’ll see, but it definitely has the potential to be a war.