The relationship between Wanderlei Silva and Chute Boxe since he moved to the states has been a mystery wrapped in an enigma put in a box and buried deep in the ground. Finally, MMAWeekly has dug up that box and sorted everything out by asking the Chute Boxe guys what’s up:
MMAWEEKLY: No one has really talked much about the situation with Wanderlei Silva and Chute Boxe. Please explain to us what is the real situation between Chute Boxe and Silva.
CORDEIRO: Wanderlei was the greatest icon at Chute Boxe. It was 17 years together. The most painful thing was to see that friend going to another country and lose that friendship.
It is impossible to talk about Wanderlei Silva and not talk about Chute Boxe and it’s impossible to talk about Chute Boxe and not talk about Wanderlei Silva. It was a very beautiful marriage. He was projected to be a great champion and we all did it.
We wish all the best to him and we know that he will transmit everything he learned here at Chute Boxe, not just as a fighter, but as a man, too. God bless him and very good luck to him in his new way and his new camp.
Chute Boxe is always here. Chute Boxe did not stop with Wanderlei going out and Chute Boxe won’t stop with Shogun [losing]. We are very sure that there will always be a new champion coming out of here at our camp.
In the end, we hope only the best to Wanderlei Silva.
So there you go. While some may say he’s still a member of Chute Boxe in spirit, that’s about as legitimate as Kermit the Frog’s honorary doctorate in amphibious biology. As chummy and great as Cordeiro makes things sound in this interview, there’s definately some tension going on behind the scenes. Ninja Rua was none too pleased that Wanderlei Silva was involved with the same gym as Forrest Griffin (even though Griffin wasn’t even around when Silva was in town), and there’s been all sorts of other little quips and comments showing Chute Boxe is feeling a little bit dumped.