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onip69 03-18-2013 11:30 PM

Brad Tavares calls out Wanderlei Silva for UFC 161

UFC Middleweight Brad Tavares calls out Wanderlei Silva for UFC 161
By Chris Hall on Mar 18 2013, 10:30p

Silva's epic brawl against Brian Stann last month has caught the attention of many UFC Middleweights. On Monday, Tavares called out the former Pride champ for a fight at UFC 161.

Wanderlei Silva has become a very popular target for UFC Middleweights. Immediately after Silva knocked out Brian Stann at UFC On Fuel TV 8 he was called out by Tom Watson. Now, the last man to beat Watson has also set his eyes on the former Pride champion.When Tavares spoke with Duane Finley of Bleacher Report a fight with Wanderlei was the only thing on his mind:


"I want to fight Wanderlei Silva," Tavares told Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview. "I think the fight with Wanderlei makes a lot of sense and it would be awesome stylistically. I've been coming up the ranks and getting to fight someone I've looked up to for so long would be an awesome opportunity. It is the fight I really want and I hope I get my wish. It would be a dream come true to fight that guy.

"There is a lot that goes in to me wanting that fight. A lot people might not know this aside from my coaches and close friends, but Wanderlei has been my favorite fighter since I was a kid. There are a lot of fighters who have come along since I enjoy watching, but Wanderlei has always been my favorite. When I was growing up he was dominating over in Japan and I wanted to be just like him. I idolized the man. I wanted to fight viciously like him and the persona he carried blew me away back then."

Over the last year Tavares has strung together 3 consecutive decision victories in the Octagon. Most recently, he scored a unanimous decision over Riki Fukuda at UFC On Fuel TV 8. If the UFC grants his wish, he'd like to face-off against Wandy at UFC 161 in Las Vegas, NV.

As for Silva, it's hard to say whether or not he'd be interested in a fight with Tavares. In his last fight, Silva brought Stann at 205 lbs. because the MMA legend no longer wanted to make the cut to Middleweight. While Tavares seems enamored with this fight for more than it's divisional relevance, it's hard to say whether or not the UFC would want to keep booking 185 pounders to fight at Light Heavyweight.

UFC_OWNS 03-18-2013 11:37 PM

much better than stupid tom watson and his stupid call out.

hellholming 03-19-2013 12:17 AM


isn't wandy back at 205 now anyway?

Silva 1 03-19-2013 12:34 AM


Originally Posted by hellholming (Post 1922610)

isn't wandy back at 205 now anyway?

Ya wand doesn't want to make the cut anymore and frankly I don't blame him. 205 is a more natural weight for him. I think any middle weight would have to fight at 195 or 205 if they want to fight wandy

Life B Ez 03-19-2013 12:37 AM

Yeah **** all these guys trying to jump on a legend when he's on the way out. They won't earn half the respect wand has lost nevermind actually gained.

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jonnyg4508 03-19-2013 01:24 AM

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Yea, Tavares with a bunch of decision wins over no one that good, deserves to fight Wandy. Yea, put it on a main event of FX....the great AXE MURDERER WANDERLEI SILVA vs. Brad Tavares.

Can't stand when young bums try to call out guys like Wandy.

Wanderlei vs. Forrest, Sonnen once he loses. I still want Wandy vs. Vitor, but Vitor has ROckhold.

Rygu 03-19-2013 01:29 AM

After decisioning the mighty Riki Fukuda, who wouldn't call out a legend like Wanderlei?

El Bresko 03-19-2013 01:37 AM

I would be happy with Wandy V Phillipou but i'd rather see him at 205. Tavares is not getting this fight.

Silva 1 03-19-2013 01:41 AM


Originally Posted by El Bresko (Post 1922898)
I would be happy with Wandy V Phillipou but i'd rather see him at 205. Tavares is not getting this fight.

Ya exactly. The powers that be are not going to give wand a fight where the opponent is gonna play it safe. If Wand is fighting someone is getting knocked out.

Ape City 03-19-2013 01:48 AM

At least he respects Wandy for the legend that he is and what it would mean to have an opportunity to fight him. The problem though, if I am remembering correctly, is that wandy wants to stay at 205 now. Correct me if I am wrong.

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