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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-18-2007, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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"I never trained with this guy (Forrest Griffin)" - Wanderlei Silva

Just something I found while surfing through another forum. Didn't see it here so i figured I'd post it.

Wanderlei Silva got in touch with the Wand (Wanderleiīs brand name) office in Curitiba and gave an exclusive interview to the site. He talks about his routine, what he is doing in the USA, his new team and about friendship. Wanderlei says: ďShogun is a good guy; I donít want to spoil my friendship with him or anyone elseĒ

I never trained with this guy (Forrest Griffin) and what has been said about it is but a lieĒ. And he apologizes to fans and friends for not being able to give them more attention.

Site: What is your routine like in the US?
Wanderlei: At this initial stage Iím training the physical aspect above all. On Friday (Sept. 14) Iím heading to Las Vegas where Iíll be going to train the technical aspects and get more into the fight itself. Besides, Iím spending more time with my family, especially with my son. Iíd been in a rush before and didnít have much time to be with them and that was one of the reasons why I came to the US. I believe my move was for better because Iíve been training a lot, Iíve been more focused on the trainings. Iím beginning to train even harder from next week on aiming at the victory that is what I want the most at this moment. It is a very important fight and I want to experience winning again.

Site: What is the formation of your team like?
Wanderlei: As to boxe Iím relying on the assistance of Professor Ulisses Pereira. I have already worked with him before in other opportunities and Iíve learned to appreciate his style, heís a good coach. Iíve already talked to him and heís arriving here within the next 10 days. During the time I have available for training heíll be able to improve my boxe technique. As to jiu jitsu Iíve also contacted a big name to help me with ground training but Iím not releasing his name as yet. I need confirmation. Just wait for this on the coming days. Theyíre going to be two good acquisitions for the team.

Site: Any bet for the Shogumīs fight at UFC 76?
Wanderlei: Itís going to be a very good fight. Shogum is my friend; he said he was upset with me but Iíve already talked to him. I called him and explained that I had not trained with the guy heís fighting with, it wasnít true. I saw the guy (Forrest Griffin, Shogumīs opponent on Sept 22) at the gym but I didnít train with him and would never do so Ė neither with him nor with anyone at Chute Boxe. I have warm feelings for all. I called and talked to him (Shogum), he understood it perfectly. Heís a good guy; I donít want to spoil my friendship either with him or with anyone else. In what it depends on me our friendship will always prevail.

Site: A message to your fans in Brazil
Wanderlei: Iím making a channel available for communication with my fans because here I canít even manage to watch TV, I can only see the videos on You Tube, and I find the videos sent by the guys so interesting. Really cool! The guys willing to make direct contact with me will be able to send a message and interact through the blog within the site. Iíll be answering as much as possible. Now Iíve got internet at home and this will allow for an easier interactivity. For all of those cheering for me, know that I need your support more than ever. Iíve been receiving a lot of warm manifestations. Americans seem to enjoy my work, my style. Iíve got a lot of fans here. I miss my folks in Brazil a lot Ė the events, the attention of the guys, I love my country. I hope to be back soon to see everyone again. I wish to send a special kiss to my dad, my mom, my brother, my sister-in-law, everyone, the Wand Fight Co. team working hard for us selling the brand name all over the world. Iíd like to tell them that they are very competent and that they are doing an excellent job. May God allow me to bring joy to everyone. Iím working hard and giving my best. A big hug to everyone.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-18-2007, 03:24 AM
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thats cool. and rampage might not be the only one improving his game. wandy might improve aswell.
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i really liked that interview and i hope wand gets back to his former glory. this interview really shows what a true champion really is. repped

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This is why WS is one of my favorite fighters, because he is truely one of the most nice most humble guys outside of the ring, but once he gets in the ring a switch turns on sorta like Sly Stallone's cap in the movie Over the top, and becomes an utter insane animal!

I really wish the man well and I know he will shake up the division. WAR SILVA!
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Originally Posted by Shanks
thats cool. and rampage might not be the only one improving his game. wandy might improve aswell.
I'm pretty sure Wanderlei is gonna come back with a vengeance. Especially after two losses in a row. Whoever his first opponent is, it's gonna be a war.

And somewhere down the line I'd like to see him fight Alexander (if he keeps on improving). O_O
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good interview hopefully he goes back to his winning ways
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It's crazy how mean and nasty he looks, but then he's just a nice humble guy. Impressive.

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^Yeah, I agree. I never really liked Wanderlei too much, but the more I've read and watched, the more I've become a fan.
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I love how Wanderlei can be all serious and menacing before a fight. He really looks it too. It doesn't come off as someone trying to be intimidating. His staredowns are just wicked scary. But once the fight is over he can switch it and be all smiles, literally right after a fight. Watch his TKO victory over Rampage for instance. Once the ref steps in, Wanderlei throws his arms up instantly and has the biggest smile on his face. It's hilarious.
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I never doubted that Wanderlei was never training Forest Griffin. Wand would never do that to his brothers from chute boxe. It's good to hear that this has been confirmed. Wand is going to be one hell of a fighter to rekon with in the UFC.
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