There have been a lot of legends in the MMA world over the brief period of MMA history that we’ve lived through, but Wanderlei Silva is without a doubt one of the cooler ones with the most violent history. You can’t argue about Wanderlei’s past because the dude was just a killer, he devoured souls and he went full-force in everything that he did. But he’s slowed down a bit now, turning him into the likable legend Wanderlei that loves his fans. That’s why the whole “Angry Wanderlei” going head to head with Chael Sonnen thing felt so forced and fake.
This video that Wanderlei and his team released showcases Wanderlei hitting up the UFC Fan Expo from this past weekend to sign autographs for Venum and hang out with fans and damn, do these people love Wanderlei and does he love them. In a way it’s kind of endearing to see a guy that we saw be so vicious in PRIDE just be a big teddy bear now. As much as I’d love to see the Wanderlei Silva of old locking in a muay thai clinch and leaving dudes in a puddle of their own blood, I’m just as cool with this Wanderlei Silva.
He just looks so happy. Shouldn’t that be what we want for our heroes and legends? For them to be happy and to enjoy life as opposed to having to go through what we all went through with BJ Penn this weekend? I’m all for Happy Wanderlei.