According to sources former Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva has been training in recent weeks with Randy Couture. Several weeks ago following Chuck Liddell’s loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson it was announced that Silva would face the former light heavyweight later this year in a match that has been rumored by the UFC itself for some time.
Silva debuted in the UFC in 1998 suffering a quick TKO loss to Vitor Belfort. He rebounded at UFC 20 with a win over Tony Petarra. His last UFC fight was against Tito Ortiz for the vacant light heavyweight title. Silva lost the fight by unanimous decision. After the loss Silva went to Pride eventually winning the middleweight title before losing it to Dan Henderson in his last MMA fight.
Although pure speculation, it appears that Couture is recently making a habit of training with Chuck Liddell’s opponents. Silva is the second opponent Couture has trainined with after he and “Rampage” reportedly trained briefly together prior to UFC 71 where Jackson went on to defeat Liddell in the first round.
There is likely nothing more to this than coincidence although our sources have stated that Couture is likely to continue training with Silva in some capacity.