Wanderlei Silva on TUF: Brazil: 'Production Decided to Paint Me as the Villain'

John HeinisSenior Analyst IMay 1, 2014

Wanderlei Silva, second from left, celebrates Fabricio Werdum, second from right, and teammates after beating Cung Le during a UFC 139 Mixed Martial Arts middleweight bout in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Silva won by TKO in the second round. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva isn't happy with the way he's being portrayed on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and blames the production team for selective editing of the show. 

"The Axe Murderer" expressed his displeasure with what audiences have seen from him on the reality series in an interview with MMA Fighting:

They edited a lot of things, and unfortunately, the production decided to paint me as the villain...But that is not right, because he said horrible things about us, and disrespected me at every moment during filming. This good guy you're watching on television is not how things are for real...Behind what happened there is the motives and the reason why I was mad that day...I called him a m----------r, but I don't speak English. I didn't really know what it means and I don't consider it a cuss word.

Silva was supported by just 30 percent of his countrymen according to a recent poll, which was taken after his infamous TUF brawl with archnemesis/opposing head coach Chael Sonnen, prompting him to release a video claiming that Sonnen is racist

Sonnen, as usual, had no problem responding to the video, but was was succinct with his rebuttal this time around: 


— chael sonnen (@sonnench) April 30, 2014

"The American Gangster" remains adamant that Silva won't make it to their scheduled UFC 175 showdown on July 5, so he has been pushing for a fight with ex-middleweight champion Rich Franklin instead, per Fox Sports

Sonnen is 3-4 in his past seven fights, though three of those losses came against then-middleweight champ Anderson Silva (twice) and UFC light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones. 

Coincidentally, Silva has the same record in his last seven matchups inside the Octagon, most recently delivering a brutal knockout over Brian Stann at UFC on FUEL 8 last March. 

Is selective editing truly to blame for Silva's erratic behavior on the TUF set, or has Sonnen simply gotten into his head at an extreme level?


John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also thMMA editor for eDraft.com.