Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort are currently coaching opposite one another on the first international season of The Ultimate Fighter. The two Brazilians are leading their respective teams, and will square off later this year in a rematch 14 years in the making at UFC 147.
Back in 1998, Belfort scored a 44-second knockout of Silva, as the two met as fresh youngsters in the game. “The Axe Murderer,” however, doesn’t feel like “The Phenom” comes from the same fighting background as he does, according to comments made in a recent interview with Fighters Only Magazine.
Each has his own opinion, each can express his own point of view. But I think he lives in his own world. In his own mind he is right, but for me, he lives in Disneyland. But I was born in the real world, I’m from the streets. The guy is a lion when he is doing the hitting – but when he is hit, he shows the fear on his face. I will beat him and I will do it with heart.
Silva (34-11-1) has went just 4-6 since joining the UFC, while Belfort (21-9) sports a 10-5 Octagon record. The winner will make a nice move up the middleweight rankings, while the loser of this fight could be looking at a long road back to contention this late in their respective careers.
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