It only could've been The Karate Kid that inspired Wanderlei Silva in this photo, as he looks prepared to "sweep the leg," famously quoted in the legendary film.
To think that this young man would one day become the feared middleweight/light heavyweight fighter who mauls opponents for fun is simply unthinkable.
Yet, that is exactly what he has become throughout his career.
Sporting a much shorter hairdo today, Silva is the typical tough-looking, soft-hearted guy that has shown nothing but respect to the sport of MMA and its fans.
It may not be much, but it's something; we salute you, young Wanderlei Silva—both for the man you've become and the sport you've represented so well.