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UFC legend Wanderlei Silva to campaign for a seat in the Brazilian congress

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According to a Jan. 10 post from MMA Fighting, UFC legend Wanderlei Silva plans to run for a seat in the Brazilian congress.

Silva, 37, says he's sick of corrupt politicians, so he's hoping to make some positive changes for his people in Brazil.

"I realized that I have many projects to be done, many interesting things, and if everything goes right, I will do this," Silva said. "I’ll go to the TUF house, knock Sonnen out and then start my campaign. I just opened a free, public MMA gym in Paraiba, so why can’t Curitiba or Sao Paulo have one? 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."

"No more corrupt politicians stealing from us," he continued. "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. And if you think Romario is controversial, wait until I get there."

The election date is Oct. 5. If he is elected, the four-year term for federal deputy begins Jan. 1, 2015.

Before his campaign, he has matters to settle inside the UFC's Octagon. Silva is lined up to fight Chael Sonnen at the conclusion of the filming of TUF: Brazil 3.

"I have family and friends here, and I will bring some people to help me in this camp," Silva said. "There’s so much talent in Brazil, and it’s one of the few places in the world where I can gather a large group of talented fighters. I will bring some wrestling athletes and sparrings, and I also want to bring Rafael Cordeiro. If everything goes right, it’s going to be one of the best training camps of my life."

In light of Silva's comments, it seems likely that his fight with Sonnen will be his last. However, he hasn't made any official announcement on a possible retirement.


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