With each passing day, the third fight between “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson draws nearer and nearer. As Silva prepares for the fight, he has branched out his training to extend to his own gym which will open in January after his bout at UFC 92.
Silva spoke to MMAWeekly Radio recently about his training and especially dealing with someone like Randy Couture to help prepare him.
“I’m training at (Xtreme) Couture for this fight. Cause (Randy) Couture is an amazing guy, I like him a lot,” Silva said. “He opened his gym for me, he helped me a lot after I move here to Vegas, he’s an amazing guy.”
Working with a wide variety of training partners, Silva gets specialized help in every area and this week his gym will open up to old friend and current UFC heavyweight champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
“I’m training at (Xtreme) Couture and training at my gym. Because this week, (Antonio Rodrigo) Nogueira coming to train at my gym with his team,” Silva stated. “He has a lot of strong guys, good jiu-jitsu, good guys for takedowns, and I’m training in my gym with him. I’m training my boxing with Skip Kelps, he’s from Vegas and he’s very good at boxing. I train my wrestling with Mike Whitehead, he has amazing jiu-jitsu and he’s so much stronger.”
Wanderlei also says that he expects to invite another champion into his gym to work with Nogueira over the next few days.
“Tomorrow I invited Forrest (Griffin) to train with me and (Nogueira). Maybe Forrest is going to train with Nogueira and with me tomorrow. Tomorrow is a hot day in my gym!”
Silva says he’ll slow down on a couple of days out from the actual fight, but until then he will be at full force getting ready for his match-up against Jackson next Saturday night.