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What Kind of Shape Will Wanderlei Silva Be in at UFC 99?



I saw a couple of videos today that gave me very different ideas about what kind of shape Wanderlei Silva is going to be in when he fights Rich Franklin at UFC 99. Above, Silva looks like he's training very hard at his new gym. But below, Silva's old coach at Xtreme Couture, Shawn Tompkins, suggests that maybe Silva isn't quite as devoted to his training as he should be.

Shawn Tompkins talks to RawVegas.tv:



"With Wanderlei and I, we've worked together before -- we worked together with the Keith Jardine fight," Tompkins said. "We're great friends, I just think we have different ideas on what a training schedule should be. People have brought up before 'Brazilian time.' And I don't have time for Brazilian time. I train 28 of the best athletes in the world here in Las Vegas. We had a few conflicts in the beginning of camp and I decided it was best if he got a different trainer and I moved on to some other guys. I hope him the best and I think he's a great guy and I think Rich Franklin is in for a hell of a fight."

To have your former trainer -- and one of the most respected coaches in MMA -- questioning your dedication is not exactly a ringing endorsement of the way Silva is preparing himself.

Tompkins' interview with Dave Farra is an interesting one, with comments on fighters including Junie Browning, Forrest Griffin, Randy Couture and Kim Couture, plus Tompkins' thoughts on two of the other top trainers in the sport, Greg Jackson and Mark DellaGrotte. The whole thing is worth watching.