Wanderlei Silva Has Next Fight Booked, Talks Shogun And Bones Vs. Hendo

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Dana White has been leaning on lots of guys to retire lately, and one of them is Wanderlei Silva. The Axe Murderer (34-12-1, 1 NC) isn't having any of that though. It's been rumored that he'll return to the cage on the UFC's first card in China in November, and and he hinted at it in a recent interview with Tatame. He also talked about his friend Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, and gave his thoughts on the UFC 151 light heavyweight title bout between Jon Jones and Dan Henderson.

First, he talks about his next bout:

Next fight is close, but unfortunately I can't tell you already. I can't give you the name nor the date, but it's been handled.

What did he think of Shogun vs. Brandon Vera at UFC on Fox 4, and Shogun's reputed cardio issues?

I've seen many people criticize Shogun's gas, but what people don't understand is this: Shogun was trying to rip Vera's head off since the first second. He wasn't missing any punches. He punched the guy hard. He got very close to knocking Vera out in almost all rounds. The power of his punches were amazing and it demands a lot of energy, so anyone who does a fight like that, especially a guy the size of Shogun... Shogun is a 220lbs guy. He fights at the 205lbs, but he's a 220lbs guy. He's almost like a heavyweight. He's a big guy, so automatically if you fight like that and being that size you're going to get tired.

On Shogun's bout with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5:

I wouldn't be surprised if with this next guy - if it's really him - he does the same he did with Quinton Jackson and prove to the world he is prepared for a title shot. I guess he is the right guy for the job and I believe in Shogun. I guess he's going to beat this guy up like he did with Vera but easier, because this time was hard. He can defeat this guy in a way people go like "oh f*ck, Shogun is back".

After the jump, check out his thoughts on Jones vs Hendo. Wandy knows what he's talking about in regards to Henderson - he's faced him twice and was knocked out by the H-Bomb in 2007.

I guess it's a very interesting fight. Dan Henderson has always been a dangerous guy, he's coming from one of the best sequence of wins in high level in all times. There's no one with victories like that: Fedor, Feijao, Shogun and another great one. He is coming from a good sequence. Can you imagine if he does that with Jon Jones? Lands that right powerful hand. So, anything can happen, but Jon Jones - for his reach and since he is also on a great streak - play Dan Henderson around. I wouldn't be surprised in case it happened. Dan Handerson is a dangerous guy, though.

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