UFC 132: Wanderlei Silva Wants His Belt Back, Chris Leben Wants To Avoid A Coma

Former PRIDE middleweight champion, Wanderlei Silva and UFC middleweight slugger, Chris Leben give their thoughts on they’re upcoming UFC 132 bout in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 2nd, 2011, one explaining he wants his belt back, while the other just wants to avoid a coma.

“The Axe Murderer”, speaking to MMABay via teleconference, said:

“I want to show the best Wanderlei Silva for my fans around the world in this fight. I’m thinking it’s a really important fight for me. A lot of guys ask me. I talk to the boss and say, ‘I want a fight with Chris Leben.’ The guy asks me why. I say because I watched him against Akiyama (at UFC 116) and he did very well.”

“We can make maybe the best fights of the year. I don’t love him, but I love money. I want the check of the best fight of the night, and maybe the best fight of the year.”

“Everybody wants to fight for the belt, and this is the reason Dominick (Cruz) and Urijah (Faber) [fight]. [Fighting] for a belt is a great opportunity, and I know these guys are going to give a great show. I’m thinking, of course, I want to fight for the belt. One day, I want my belt back. But I can’t talk about that right now. I’ve been out for one year. I’m going to get back with this great fighter now.”

“The Crippler”, speaking via MMABay via teleconference, said:

“I’ll be honest, I’m excited to fight Wanderlei and I’m a little scared at the same time, too. For me that’s a very motivating and driving emotion. We’ve all had our wins and losses. The bottom line is you’ve got to get back on the horse. This is going to be my 19th fight in the UFC. So I’ve been around a while. A loss isn’t going make me perform bad the next time. I don’t lose all my belief in myself or anything like that.”

“Basically, I look back and go, ‘Well, I messed up. What worked in camp? What worked in the fight and what didn’t work?’ After I analyze that, I try to change a few things. That’s what I’ve done. This sport, the way I look at it is a continual learning curve. I’ve never stopped learning. Not just the skills but also our life outside of fights, our diet. Everything leading up to the fight I’m constantly trying to change and tweak and find out how can I get another two percent out of myself.”

“He’s an animal. There’s nothing more motivating than fear of a coma. Honestly, I’m so psyched to fight Wanderlei Silva. He’s one of my heroes. I don’t want to tell him this, but when I started fighting, I would get bootleg PRIDE videos and in some ways try to emulate some of the stuff he did. You’ve got to beat a legend to be a legend. To fight one of my heroes, I’m so stoked. A passing of the torch is kind of what I’m hoping for. A little fear is good. I might be a little worried, but you know what? I’m going to get in there and do what I do because as men, that’s what we do. We look our issues and fears in the eye, and then we conquer them.”

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