Wanderlei Silva is looking forward to fighting Chris Leben on July 2nd because he feels that Leben will acutally fight him, not run in circles around the Octagon. Silva is coming off a win against Michael Bisping, but has been out for over a year healing up from knee surgery. He's anxious to get back inside the Octagon in a fight that, based on styles, has a great chance of being Fight of the Night.

Wanderlei talked about the fight and his training camp on yesterday's UFC conference call. Here are some of the best quotes:

 

This fight’s really important for me. I’ve been out and I had a hard year for me. I’ve been training hard for the fight. And finally I am going to fight somebody who is going to fight me, because my other opponents run. Some guys stay in front of me for a couple minutes and they start to run. I think [Leben] is going to come to fight. I think we’re probably going to have a great show on July 2nd.

 

This is not so easy because I am a competitive guy. I like to be inside the Octagon and I fight all my life. I had a really tough year. But I have unbelievable support from my fans. My fans send me messages every day. And for that I really want to give you a good show…I want to show the real and the best Wanderlei Silva in that fight.

 

On training at Raphael Cordeiro's Kings MMA:

 

They have a great camp there. I train with Babalu and with Shogun, man, it’s so tough. These guys, sorry for the word, but kick my ass every day. But it makes me stronger. I’m ready for all inside that Octagon for this fight. Standup, ground, takedowns. And my cardio is really good right now. I’ve had one of the best camps of my life.

 

On what's next after Leben:

 

Everyone wants to fight for the belt, for the champion…I want to fight for the belt. But I can’t talk about that right now. I’ve been out for one year. I’m going to be fighting a great fighter right now.

 

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