Retired mixed martial arts fighter Wanderlei Silva just wants someone to take off their shirt and wrestle with him. Clogged with athletic energy he does not have an outlet for, the former Pride FC champion really just wants to roll around and do some cool looking pro wrestling moves with another grown man. Before Silva takes to the underground world of backyard wrestling will anyone from the world of MMA step up and help Silva get sweaty for competition in the squared circle?
With rumors, reports, and flashy Instagram posts floating about news of a possible Chael Sonnen versus Wanderlei Silva face-off at WWE’s WrestleMania event, the newest contender to be “The Ax Murder’s” first dance partner is UFC vet and sunglasses in doors wearer Phil Baroni.
“Silva, 38, who was probably Japan’s second most popular foreign fighter of the Pride era, behind only Mirko Cro Cop, has been linked to a match with Phil Baroni on a Feb. 20 card with the Inoki Genome Federation.”
Baroni once knocked out Dave Menne and declared himself the “best eva”. The “New York Badass” also enjoys pro wrestling and has dabbled at a few schools in Las Vegas.
Perhaps best known for his YouTube rants in front of a stationary GoPro camera, Silva is still under contract with the UFC and still in litigation with the Nevada Athletic Commission due to licensing issues. Yelling into a microphone, a cool entrance song, and soccer kick finishing moves has Silva all set to test his rope running skills.
Somebody light up the Wandy Bat-Signal directed at anyone loosely associated with MMA that has a vague interest in pro wrestling. Wanderlei Silva wants to collar-and-elbow tie up with you!