When you are a legend in the sport, you have to deal with up-and-coming fighters trying to call you out and make a big splash in the sport. It is no different for fighters that have been around forever like Wanderlei Silva, who many of the young fighters in the sport grew up idolizing.
Now, they want a crack at their hero because they know how much a win over Silva would help their standing in the organization.
The latest youngster to call out a legend is up-and-comer Brad Tavares.
“I want to fight Wanderlei Silva,” Tavares told Bleacher Report duraing an exclusive interview. “I think the fight with Wanderlei makes a lot of sense and it would be awesome stylistically. I’ve been coming up the ranks and getting to fight someone I’ve looked up to for so long would be an awesome opportunity. It is the fight I really want and I hope I get my wish. It would be a dream come true to fight that guy.
“There is a lot that goes in to me wanting that fight. A lot people might not know this aside from my coaches and close friends, but Wanderlei has been my favorite fighter since I was a kid. There are a lot of fighters who have come along since I enjoy watching, but Wanderlei has always been my favorite. When I was growing up he was dominating over in Japan and I wanted to be just like him. I idolized the man. I wanted to fight viciously like him and the persona he carried blew me away back then.”
Sorry, Brad, but it’s not going to happen.
At this stage in his career, Wanderlei wants to face big name opponents that will further build his legacy. Tavares is a very solid fighter, but Silva is not going to let a product from The Ultimate Fighter farm system make money off of his name.
It may be a fun stylistic match up, but we shouldn’t get our hopes up.
After Wanderlei’s incredible win over Brian Stann, he is poised to take on another top opponent that is ranked far ahead of Tavares.
What do you think, would you like to see a Silva vs. Tavares fight or is there someone else you would prefer the mixed martial arts legend to face?