On Monday, Wanderlei Silva pulled a fast one on pretty much all MMA media. With Saturday's UFC On Fuel TV 9 main event in question, Silva took to Twitter saying he was stepping in to replace the injured Alexander Gustafsson against Gegard Mousasi. He went all out and gave statements to multiple news outlets. However, Tuesday morning he confirmed that it was all an "April Fools' prank".
He followed that up with this video explaining his hilarious joke:
I was at home yesterday, I had just got back from a trip. I was someone's joke on Twitter, since it was April Fools' Day, so then I realized that it was April Fools' Day. Then I started thinking about it. Nobody knew what would happen with the Mousasi fight, and a lot of people were saying that I should fight. So I wrote my first tweet. I counted to 7 and my phone started ringing. It was the reporter for Globo.com, these guys are fast. Now that's what it means to be efficient. I was at home and they were calling me for the news.
How is it that everyone is tricked on April Fools'!? Some people got mad, but take it easy, everyone gets tricked some day. The good thing is that people got disappointed Wand won't be fighting this Saturday.
I want to wish Mousasi good luck. And I am sorry. but if you don't want to accept my apology, I am here and I also fight in the 205 division.
Good luck, I hope both of you have a great fight. I will be at home watching it. I think all of this was good marketing for the event. Everyone got views from it, some people think it's funny, some people get mad. Jokes happen my friends. Happy April Fools Day.
Wandy re-debuted at Light Heavyweight just four weeks ago with a second round knock out win over Brian Stann. After spending 2.5 years at Middleweight, the 36 year old Brazilian decided the weight cut was getting too difficult and chose to return to his old stomping grounds. While his prank was received with mixed results it may well set up a future fight against Mousasi.