A fight fan's desires will be met when Chris Leben and Wanderlei Silva square off at UFC 132.
The two heavy-handed sluggers are matched up perfectly for an all out slugfest. Jiu-jitsu fans, leave your ground game scorecards at home for this fight, because won't see these two go to the ground unless its falling backwards.
Silva is the more intriguing competitor of the two, with his legendary status cemented, but his future uncertain. "The Axe Murderer" celebrates his 35th birthday tomorrow, and he hopes to do it on a winning note against Leben.
“What I want is to win and to fight well. I’m training everything. I had gotten away from the clinch and knees a little because I wasn’t training it. When I trained at my gym -- or event at Kings -- I could only act like I was throwing knees. The Americans don’t like taking knees without a brace, but I have returned to practicing this, and if I grab onto the neck, I’m only releasing it when the guy goes down," Silva tells Sherdog.com in an interview. Silva goes on to note he plans on taking home "Fight of the Night" honors at UFC 132.
"I think it has everything you need to be ‘Fight of the Night.’ He’s an aggressive guy...I can say one thing. If I don’t knock him out in the first round, he’ll get hurt. I’m at my best, weighing 200 pounds. I’m dry, and I’m fast. I did my homework. I’m preparing for this new phase of my career."
Will Silva continue his reinvention down at 185 lbs?
Prediction: Silva via 1st Rd. TKO