Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pride of a Nation

The boys in Brazil have put together a great video together wishing Wanderlei Silva the best of luck with his training camp for Michael Bisping at UFC 110. The entire country seems to behind him, and why not? He's been in the fight game for more than a decade, and no one who sees his fights can doubt that he has the heart of a champion.

I don't know if I can say the same for his opponent, Manchester native Michael "The Count" Bisping. He's usually billed as the premier fighter of the UK, but Dan Hardy and Paul Daley are definitely on his heels. More than that, the UK is still relatively new to MMA, whereas Brazil and Japan have been pioneering the sport since the beginning. Watching this video and seeing all the love and national pride that Wanderlei is supported with, I wonder if Bisping will feel bad for not receiving a similar message from his compatriots. I'm not sure if this was meant to become a feud between the two countries, but we'll see how far it goes.

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