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MMA legend Wanderlei Silva running for a seat in the Brazilian congress

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Wanderlei Silva takes another step in politics.

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The former PRIDE middleweight champion and UFC and Bellator veteran “The Ax Killer” announced on Thursday that he is officially running for a seat in the Brazilian Congress as a federal deputy.

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Silva, who has not competed in MMA since 2018 and has a professional record of 35-14-1 with one no contest, lost the 2018 federal election with just 13,753 votes at the time. Silva was then a member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and is now joining the Progressive Party (PP), which supports far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

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Silvia defined himself as “a family man who is proud of his wife and two beautiful children” and “a patriot who always [fights] for freedom.”

“I made this decision because many people complain about our country, many say that nothing works here,” Silva announced on his social networks. “In order to change this scenario, I am running as a federal candidate for the state of Paraná. There has never been an athlete in our state with a name to represent us, and I want to be that person.

“I want to get to Brasilia and bring dignity to our sport and work so that they become a powerful tool for social inclusion. I am proof of what sport can do for young people and I know that we can change the lives of many people. Beyond sports, I will fight for a strong and efficient public safety that values ​​its professionals.”

Silva has mentioned his fourth fight with Quinton Jackson at Bellator 206 in 2018 that it could be his last, but has never officially announced his retirement from the sport. Months after the second-round knockout loss, the veteran reported that he had several concussion-like symptoms, including “mood swings, very quick anger, forgetfulness of certain things, trouble sleeping.”

MMA Fighting has learned that Fight Music Show representatives approached Silva earlier this year with an offer to take part in an event in Curitiba on September 25, but could not reach an agreement. The Ax Killer hasn’t won a fight in almost a decade since he knocked out Brian Stann in 2013 in Japan. Silva then parted ways with the UFC and later joined Bellator where he lost to Chael Sonnen and “Rampage” Jackson.




Source: www.mmafighting.com

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