FightBookMMA caught up with Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva during his visit in Bahrain

BAHRAIN (Tue, November 21, 2017)– PRIDE Middleweight Champion and UFC veteran, Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva attended Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions which took place in Bahrain on November 17, 2017.

Wanderlei Silva visited Bahrain to support Brave Combat Federation and for the initiatives by the Kingdom of Bahrain to promote the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. This announcement was also done at Brave News #22 with your host Carlos Kremer which you can listen by going here. For the recap and results of this event you can go here.

“The Axe Murderer” made his first appearance at Brave 8: The Rise of Champions which was held in Curitiba, Brazil. During the event, Silva crowned Klidson Farias de Abreu as the Light-Heavyweight Champion after his victory over Timo Feucht.

Silva holds the record for the most wins, knockouts, title defences, and longest winning streak in PRIDE history. Silva is the former PRIDE Middleweight Champion, and the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion. He signed a contract with Bellator MMA and fought in the main event of Bellator NYC which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City where he faced Chael Sonnen losing via a unanimous decision.

Venum Brasil signed to partner with Brave Combat Federation in Bahrain for the Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions event. This partnership will bring multiple business opportunities between Bahrain and Brazil. Venum Brasil is one of the pioneers in combat sports apparel and equipment manufacturers in Brazil. Their products are used in every major mixed martial arts promotion in the world.

FightBookMMA’s correspondent Mozz Manzoor was given the opportunity to talk with Wanderlei Silva for a moment during his hectic and busy schedule. Silva talked about Brave CF Promotion and what his thoughts are about the sport and the signing between Venum Brazil with Brave CF.

How did this relationship with Brave Combat Federation start?

Brave Combat Federation is an organisation that nurtures and supports athletes. Brave is closely working with Brazilian fight apparel brand, Venum Brasil. Venum Brasil is the official apparel partner for Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions. I had been there to Brave 8 hosted in Brazil and the experience and hospitality was overwhelming. In Bahrain, I was able to visit the private gym of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and train there. This was a wonderful experience.

What was it about Brave that led you to work with them; What sets them apart?

Brave promotes the sport of MMA beyond geographies and barriers. Their hospitality and attitude towards fighters are commendable. The support fighters and the aim is to develop and globalize the sport of mixed martial arts. Many nationalities who are overlooked in the global mixed martial arts scene gets a platform to showcase their talent.

As a veteran and pioneer of the sport, what do you see as the biggest problem facing our sport today?

Mixed martial arts has a long way to go to get the recognition of a sport. Combat sports are one of the oldest known sports in human civilisation. Also the fighters in the current day wants to play safe. Back in the day it was about the passion and fighting spirit. The level of aggression came down which makes certain fights boring.

We want to thank Brave CF for giving us the opportunity to be able to ask a few questions to Wanderlei Silva during his busy schedule. Stay tuned as Brave CF will be announcing when and where their next event will take place and what other opportunities lies with them in the near future.