From Las Vegas, NV
Wanderlei Silva used his Twitter today to reveal that UFC contacted him about filling in for Alexander Gustafsson against Gegard Mousasi in the UFC on Fuel TV 9.
“The Axe Murderer” spoke with TATAME this afternoon and confirmed that is flying tomorrow morning to Stockholm to replace Gustafsson, who got cut during a training session and was a doubt for the upcoming Sweden’s card on Saturday night.
“I was surprised when I got a call from Joe Silva today, but what others see as adversity I see as opportunity. I’m ready and I’m actually closing my suitcase right now. My flight to Sweden departs tomorrow morning”, said Wand, who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I’m going to my gym tonight to hit some pads and tomorrow I’ll fly out to Sweden. I’m bringing Rafael Cordeiro, and maybe Fabrício Werdum with me. You know it was in the last minute”, he added.
Wand (35-12-1,1NC) is coming from a win by TKO against Brian Stann in Japan. He feels comfortable fighting at light heavyweight division, but still needs to lose 17.3 pounds until Saturday. However, he is not worried about cutting weight right now:
“I’m weighting 222,6 pounds and I’m already losing weight. I’ll work out tonight, but it will be easy to get down to 205. I’ve been doing this for the last 20 years, I’m used to it. I’m bumped, and don’t worry guys because this is not an April 1st fool. You can celebrate because daddy is in the house again”.
Wanderlei knows that the bout against Gegard Mousasi will be a tough test, and he wants to test himself to the limit.
“There are some crazy things that just Silva does. My last fight against (Brian) Stann was pretty tough, but I did very well. Can you imagine if I do it again? They will give me a crown down there. I have nothing to lose. Mousasi is a tough guy, he is great, and is the perfect profile for me. I don’t run away from good fights and I know that I’ll test myself to the extreme”.