The Axe Murderer is on his way
Dubai The Axe Murderer is coming to Dubai. Pride FC Champion and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) superstar Wanderlei ‘The Axe Murderer' Silva will be in Dubai this weekend.
The Muay Thai specialist will open the UAE's first and only full time MMA centre, Contender MMA Centre.
Silva will also be holding a training seminar for fans and MMA enthusiasts, showing them some of his best techniques and tricks, this Saturday at Contender MMA. Fans can meet, take photos and get autographs from one of the sport's most renowned figures.
Currently ranked the eighth top middleweight fighter in the world according to MMANews.com, Silva has faced off with the top names in MMA today including Dan Henderson, Tito Otiz, Kazushi Sakuraba, Vitor Belfort, Chuck Lidell and Keith Jardine.
The Brazilian striker has a highlight reel that includes him knocking out (KO) Quinton ‘Rampage' Jackson and sending him through the ropes of the Pride ring.
The UFC fighter won a unanimous decision against Manchester's Michael Bisping in February, improving his record to 33-10-1-1. The fight was Silva's middleweight debut after fighting 13 years at light-heavyweight. The Brazilian underwent knee surgery in July and will not be able to return until early 2011.
Contender MMA head coach Tam Khan is a young veteran of the sport who has taken part in some epic battles in various MMA competition in the UK. Like all true MMA fighters, Khan is trained in all aspects of the game.
He has been at the forefront of pioneering MMA in the Middle East, attracting more fighters to the fastest growing sport in the world.
"Contender MMA aims to be the driving force of MMA in the region," says Khan. "This will be done through providing access to professional fighters and coaches, world-class training, and top-of-the-line equipment to cater to professional fighters, elite athletes, and fitness enthusiasts."
"Wanderlei is an icon of the sport and a superstar in both Pride and UFC, and it seems suitable to have, the Axe Murderer, one of the most feared fighters in the world in Dubai on Halloween."
"This just shows you the calibre of fighter that will be coming to Contender MMA Centre, and how serious we are about getting the sport a true platform here in the UAE."
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