Fabricio Werdum has gained a number of fans in the years since he upset Fedor Emelianenko back in Strikeforce, but none have been as big or loyal as Pride legend Wanderlei Silva. So when Vai Cavalo became the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion by defeating Cain Velasquez at UFC 188, you know that there were few people happier than Murderer.

He was so happy, in fact, that he posted an amazing video on Facebook of himself and his wife at a bar, jeering Velasquez fans.

Silva has made a name for himself over recent years with his absurd social media posts. The former Pride champion is a must-follow on YouTube, where he is often seen in black and white, shouting into the camera about various topics, ranging from his hatred of Chael Sonnen to fighters’ need to establish a labor organization.

The friendship between Werdum and Silva was actually a long-running theme for The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Silva worked as a head coach on seasons 1 and 3 (opposite Vitor Belfort and Sonnen, respectively), and brought aboard Werdum as his Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach. Werdum, similarly, coached during season 2 and brought on Silva as one of his assistants. 

In both cases, Silva proved to be a less-than-great mentor. His season 1 team suffered through one of the worst runs in the show’s history while his time on season 2 was defined by his infamous tantrum directed at one of his proteges, Daniel Oliveira (which he would apologize for in episode 7). Werdum would not return for season 3.

Silva is currently in a promotional and commissional limbo, stemming from his recently overturned lifetime ban from MMA stemming from his refusal to submit to a random drug test. We shall see what awaits him over the coming months.

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