The Return of Wanderlei

Posted: February 20, 2008 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Phil Baroni, randy couture, wanderlei silva

The Axe Murderer is back in Las Vegas. And he’s intent on learning how to wrestle and how to use the cage. What better way to do that than to study with the Master?

That’s exactly what he’s doing. Wanderlei is studying under Randy twice a week in the mornings. In addition to that he will be joining our Pro Team for practice. Despite physically training here for the Chuck fight, Wanderlei didn’t train with our team outside of sparring with Shawn Tompkins. Instead he worked with his personal trainers. Wanderlei tells us that when he went to rope a dope Chuck in the first round of their fight he realized he couldn’t bounce off the cage and counter Chuck the way he could coming off the ropes in the PRIDE ring.

Training partner Phil Baroni says Wanerlei is already picking up some of Randy’s tricks after the first session. “He feels strong. He’s open minded and willing to learn. He picks things up fast.” The New York Bad Ass adds, “Once he learns to use the cage and incorporate wrestling into his game he’ll be really tough to beat in the UFC. It’s an honor to train with Wanderlei. He’s a guy I’ve always tried to emulate and I look up to him.”

Randy says that he and Wanderlei will continue working up until Wand’s next fight. We’re not sure if we’re allowed to say who he is fighting next. But we’re told it will happen in May and it is someone who has fought Chuck. He and the rest of the UFC’s 205lb division had best be on notice. There will be a new and improved Wanderlei next time he steps in the cage. Wanderlei tells us he’d like to rack up a couple of wins and rematch Chuck on New Year’s. That’s a fight we’d love to see.

More pics of Wandy, Randy and Baroni:

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Comments
  1. Mike Jitsu says:

    nothing is better then seeing 2 of the worlds greatest mma fighters training together. I can’t wait to see wanderlei but in that animal agression, knee flying action again.

  2. Jake says:

    Big fan of Wanderlei and I cant wait to see him fight again!!!

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  5. Cristiano says:

    Hi… I from Curitiba , Brazil … Hometown of Wanderlei. Im a huge fan of Wand an Randy.
    Love to see these 2 guys training together.
    I hope a win from Wand against Jardine.
    Good luck to Wand and all the fighters of Xtreme Couture.

  6. inthemix says:

    Im a proud fan Wand, win or lose he’s one of the best fighters of all mma!!

  7. Ell says:

    Good to see Wanderlei training with Couture and joining the Pro Team for practice. it can only improve him as a fighter.

  8. Wayne says:

    Boo yeah! Good to see Wanderlai adding to his game, getting cage aware and improving his wrestling and good sparing partners, can’t wait to see him take on Jardine!

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  10. ic3j says:

    Iam a big Wand fan from the Netherlands. Good to see him at a solid camp like Coutures. They should invite Shogun as well though.

  11. Andrew says:

    Great to see Wand coming back. I hope he gets more sparring in before this fight than the Chuck one. Win, lose or draw I’ll be a fan for life.

  12. goo says:

    Is Wandy going to keep on his full time boxing, jiu jitsu and strength/conditioning coaches now I wonder?

  13. Zeppelin says:

    It’s interesting to see Baroni and Wanderlei training together considering Wanderlei wanted nothing more than to stomp his and Mark Coleman’s heads in back when Chute Boxe stormed the ring after Coleman snapped Shogun’s arm at Pride 31.

  14. Alan says:

    im from brazil..and i think wand is in good hands…WAR WAND.

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