Wanderlei Silva Destroys Training Partners in Preparation for Brian Stann

Hunter HomistekCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  Mixed martial artist Wanderlei Silva arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Is the "Axe Murderer" of old back? 

Not to be ants at a picnic (yes, I said that), but no, the gloriously ferocious Wanderlei Silva of Pride fame is probably not back.

In fact, he'll never be back, because the human brain simply isn't designed to get scrambled like Sunday morning eggs and continue to function properly. 

That said, it sure is fun to watch him beat up on his training partners at Wand Fight Team, isn't it? 

In the video, courtesy of bjpenn.com, "The Axe Murderer" looks quick and spry, and his partners clearly cannot match his intensity. Silva claims these partners are all "first-class fighters," but they certainly look to be more parts punching bag than professional fighter in this clip. 

Is the video just a pump-you-up promotional piece from Wandy's camp leading up to his bout with Brian Stann at UFC on Fuel TV 8? 


There's nothing wrong with that, though. The matchup is already as tantalizing as any in the near future, so what's the harm in fueling the already-raging fire? 

I like to watch Wandy succeed, and as a fan of mixed martial arts, I enjoy myself a healthy dose of controlled rage—so this video is A-OK by me. 

What do you make of it? Is Wandy better than ever, or is he just sparring some nobodies?