MMA legend to run for congress in Brazil


Posted at Jan 14 2014 12:57 PM | Updated as of Jan 14 2014 08:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Brazilian mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Wanderlei Silva will run for a seat in the Congress of his home country after fighting former UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen early this year.

In a statement released to MMA Fighting, the “Axe Murderer” said he will run for a seat in the Brazilian Congress and will be affiliated with the Brazilian Social Democracy Party.

“I realized that I have many projects to be done, may interesting things, and if everything goes right, I will do this,” said Silva. “I’ll go to the TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) 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,” he added.

“No more corrupt politicians stealing from us. 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.”

Silva will coach against Sonnen in the third edition of The Ultimate Fighter in Brazil, which will begin shooting early this year, according to the UFC.

The 37-year-old Silva has fought in Japan’s Pride Fighting Championship as well as the UFC and is known for his aggressive style of fighting. He has an MMA record of 35 wins, 12 losses, one draw and one no contest.