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Wanderlei Silva is running for federal deputy in Brazil

Wanderlei Silva is resuming his political career.
“The Axe Murderer,” a former PRIDE middleweight champion and UFC and Bellator veteran, announced Thursday that he is officially running for a seat in the Brazilian congress as a federal deputy.
Silva, who hasn’t competed in MMA since 2018 and has a professional record of 35-14-1 with one no contest, came up short in the 2018 federal deputy elections, receiving only 13,753 votes. Silva, who was previously affiliated with the Social Democratic Party (PSD), has now joined the Progressive Party (PP), which supports Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.
Silva describes himself as a “family man proud of his wife and two beautiful children,” as well as a “patriot who always [fights] for freedom.”
“I made this decision because many people complain about our country, and many people say nothing works here,” Silva said on social media. “In order to change this situation, I’m running for federal deputy in the state of Parana.” “Our state has never had an athlete with a name who has represented us, and I want to be that person.” I want to get to Brasilia and bring dignity to our sport and work so that it can become a powerful tool for social inclusion. I am proof of what sports can do for youth, and I am confident that we can change the lives of many. Aside from sports, I’ll fight for strong and efficient public safety that respects its employees.”
Silva hinted that his fourth fight against Quinton Jackson at Bellator 206 in 2018 could be his last, but he never officially announced his retirement from the sport. Months after losing by knockout in the second round, the veteran revealed he was suffering from concussion-like symptoms such as “mood swings, getting angry very quickly, forgetting some things, and difficulty sleeping.”
Silva was approached earlier this year by Fight Music Show officials about possibly competing on an event in Curitiba on September 25, but they couldn’t come to an agreement. Since his 2013 knockout of Brian Stann in Japan, “The Axe Murderer” hasn’t won a fight in nearly a decade. Silva then left the UFC to join Bellator, where he lost to Chael Sonnen and “Rampage” Jackson.