Wanderlei Silva wants warm-up fight before Fedor Emelianenko

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Wanderlei Silva wants warm-up fight before Fedor Emelianenko

Post by Kinosis on Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:36 pm

Wanderlei Silva confirmed that there is a “possibility” that he could face Fedor Emelianenko in RIZIN but would rather a warm-up fight beforehand.

Wanderlei Silva is willing to fight Fedor Emelianenko in 2016, but believes he needs to shake off the ring rust from his two-year absence from the sport before he can meet the legendary heavyweight.

According to Silva, who is currently in negotiations with Japanese upstart promotion Rizin Fighting Federation, revealed that he has the option to face Fedor but would like a warm-up fight beforehand.

"There's a possibility of fighting Fedor, who is an opponent I would really like to fight. I'm not just talking, but can't be the first one, right?" Silva told Combate (h/t MMAFighting.com). "Now that I haven't fought in two years, I can't get him right away. I need to do some fights first, get my rhythm back, and when the promotion thinks it's time and I feel I'm in a good rhythm, I would really want to test myself against him, for sure.

While there is a significant weight disparity between the two fighters, Silva once replaced Fedor in the PRIDE FC Openweight Grand Prix tournament and has lost to the likes of Mirko CroCop at heavyweight. Given these various variables, Silva would rather err on the side of caution in his return to Japan.

"I've fought the best in the world but him. I would really like to test myself against him. I don't have anything against Fedor, but I would like to test myself and see how it goes."

Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2016/2/24/11104910/wanderlei-silva-wants-warm-up-fight-before-fedor-emelianenko

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Re: Wanderlei Silva wants warm-up fight before Fedor Emelianenko

Post by CDF47 on Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:02 pm

In another article, Wand was talking about a potential GP that he may enter which would start in September and end on NYE with the final two fights.

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Re: Wanderlei Silva wants warm-up fight before Fedor Emelianenko

Post by InfinityLens on Fri May 06, 2016 7:40 pm

Jung Hwan Cha would be a great comeback opponent.
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