UFC legend Wanderlei Silva set for congressional run in Brazil

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC and Pride star plans to turn his sports celebrity into a launching pad for a political career in his native Brazil.

The 37-year-old MMA legend they call "The Axe Murderer" may be nearing the end of his career inside the cage, but he's gearing up for the fight of his life -- his first political campaign.

MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz has the deets:

Right after his upcoming bout with long-time rival Chael Sonnen on TUF: Brazil 3, "The Axe Murderer" will start his campaign for a seat in the Brazilian congress, affiliated with Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) in Parana. Like many sports athletes, including former professional boxer Acelino Freitas and soccer superstar Romario, Silva intends to be a federal deputy for the next four years, starting on Jan. 1, if elected on Oct. 5.

"I realized that I have many projects to be done, many interesting things, and if everything goes right, I will do this," Silva said in a release. "I'll go to the TUF house, knock Sonnen out and then start my campaign. I just opened a free, public MMA gym in Paraiba, so why can't Curitiba or Sao Paulo have one? No money? Someone needs to do this. I'm tired of asking, so I'm going to do that on my own hands at the congress."

"No more corrupt politicians stealing from us," he continued. "This generation needs to go to jail, retire or die. It's the time for the good people, but we need to do something. It needs to be good for everybody. And if you think Romario is controversial, wait until I get there."

Sometimes when you hit a roadblock and you need some help in the capital, don't you just wish you had the Axe murderer representing you?

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