Former PRIDE and UFC legend Wanderlei Silva is finding somebody to help him in his ongoing battle (the non-legal one, anyway) with the UFC.
Recently fired UFC cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran met with Silva for a brief video posted onto the fighter’s YouTube channel, promising to get things moving along for a revolution to the sport currently dominated by Zuffa.
Duran was fired last month for making unfavorable comments regarding the UFC’s recently inked deal with Reebok. Like many fighters in the promotion, Duran claimed he’d be losing a lot of money for not being able to carry on an in-ring business relationship with his longtime sponsors.
Silva, meanwhile, is still contracted by the UFC. He hasn’t fought since defeating Brian Stann in March 2013. Silva was scheduled to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 last July, but was removed from the card for fleeing the scene in order to avoid a random drug test. The NSAC issued Silva a hefty fine and a lifetime suspension for purposely avoiding the test.
The Axe Murderer has since gone on a crusade against his employers, referencing their so-called monopolistic tactics. Silva even went as far as to accuse the UFC of manipulating the outcomes of certain fights, claiming he has the proof to back his allegations. He is currently in the middle of a legal battle with Zuffa LLC for what the company claims was “intentional misconduct.”