Wanderlei Silva plans on running for a seat in the Brazilian Congress, he announced Friday in a press release. The news was first reported by MMA Fighting.
And Wanderlei has some, well, very interesting views.
"No more corrupt politicians stealing from us," Silva said in the release. "This generation needs to go to jail, retire or die. It's the time for the good people, but we need to do something. It needs to be good for everybody."
This generation needs to go to jail, retire or die. It's the time for the good people, but we need to do something.
- Wanderlei Silva
His first order of business in office? Giving out money for free MMA gyms, of course. Now this sounds like a platform everyone can get behind.
"I just opened a free, public MMA gym in Paraiba, so why can't Curitiba or Sao Paulo have one?" Silva said. "No money? Someone needs to do this. I'm tired of asking, so I'm going to do that on my own hands at the Congress."
Silva said he's going to coach on "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil", knock out rival coach Chael Sonnen after the show is over and then begin his campaign. Wanderlei will be affiliated with the Brazilian Social Democracy Party in Parana. Election Day is Oct. 15 and, as in the United States, it would be a four-year term.
This kind of thing isn't completely unheard of in MMA. Mirko Cro Cop was a member of the Croatian Parliament from 2003 to 2007. And several popular Brazilian athletes, notably soccer player Romario, hold political office in the South American country.
It's possible Silva could be a breath of fresh air for the people of Brazil. We have just one question: Doesn't he live in Las Vegas?