Wanderlei Silva has started to post on Twitter and Facebook that his talk about being the replacement for Alexander Gustafsson to fight Gegard Mousasi at UFC on Fuel TV 9 was some sort of April Fools prank. This comes after he told Tatame that he was flying to Sweden.
Silva posted on his Facebook "I catch you wand the best April first ever!! But I would like this to be true!!!"
There are a few layers here.
First, I know people get upset if you criticize fighters and Wanderlei is a fan favorite, but if this actually was a prank he initiated, it's a horrible thing to do to the reporters he confirmed the story to. It's one thing to have a self contained prank on his Twitter account or whatever. But people like Guiherme Cruz at Tatame, who Wanderlei confirmed the story with and told he was flying out to Sweden, are the guys who a hit as some people are questioning his professionalism.
Here's what Cruz tweeted:
All I'm saying is that if you talk to the media, don't insist it's not an April Fools joke, and then give them quotes to run stating you're flying out for the fight. And then say the next day that it was a joke. That's lame.
The conspiracy theorist in me thinks there's still a chance that Silva is, at the very least, a backup option if Gustafsson doesn't get cleared. I don't think it's outside the realm of possibility that the UFC told him to shut up for a while and hide it behind the guise of being an April Fools joke. This gives them time to announce it how they best see fit.
Or maybe not. The whole situation is getting a little bit out of hand.
For his part, Mousasi is not thrilled with Silva right now: