The former Pride Champ and current UFC middleweight fighter Wanderlei ‘The Axe Murderer’ Silva is making his final preparations for his upcoming fight against Yohihiro Akiyama at UFC 116. He’ll be training under Rafael Cordeiro during these next few weeks as it gets closer to fight night.
Silva talks about his respect for Akiyama’s fighting style because of his willingness to stand and trade. Both fighters are well known for pressing the action against all of their past opponents. Expect an action-packed UFC 116 co-main event battle in Las Vegas, scheduled to take place on July 3rd, 2010.
From Wanderlei Silva:
“Professor Rafael Cordeiro will coordinate and give directions to the sparrings to do the way it has to be done (trainings). Akiyama is tough, a good guy who has been an athlete throughout his life. He does well on the ground and is very strong. It’s going to be a very interesting fight, a great one for me because he’s a guy who fights and open the game, not a man who runs. I believe it’ll be a big show. I want to fight for more six years, at least until forty’s. This change of category was good. I had to re-educate myself on food matter and I’m feeling very well.”