Wanderlei Silva has been involved in plenty of rematches throughout his long MMA career.
One rematch, however, has avoided him for 14 years in Vitor Belfort. Silva and Belfort, who are currently coaching opposite one another on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, will square off at UFC 147: Silva vs. Sonnen 2 on June 23.
During an appearance on The MMA Hour earlier this week, Silva discussed just why he’s so excited to face “The Phenom” once again. Belfort earned a KO victory over Silva in 44 seconds back in 1998.
This is the fight of my life. I’ve waited all my career for this fight. I’ve waited for (14) years for this fight. He is one of the guys I really, really want to fight before I (retire). This fight is the fight of my dreams. I’ve been fighting since I was 13 years old. I’ve fought for 21 years of my life.
Silva also talked about knowing the end of the road is coming up, as he is currently 35 years old. The former superstar in Japan added that he’d like to make one more appearance in Japan before calling it a career.
Belfort and Silva could each make another run at the UFC middleweight title, but both are several victories away. Belfort will have the speed advantage on Silva, but you always have to be on the lookout for Silva’s knockout ability.