Although the former champion suffered his fifth loss in six fights, Wanderlei Silva showed that he’s far from done in MMA as he fought valiantly to the end against Rich Franklin at UFC 99. It was evident that the weight cut had an effect on his conditioning, but Silva didn’t want to use that as an excuse, saying “I’m feeling very well, this event for me is the best event in the world.”
The big showdown that the UFC was hoping for between Anderson Silva and Wanderlei Silva will most likely not happen, but it’s clear that Wanderlei will probably continue his move down to the middleweight division.
“Thank you guys, see you next time,” Silva said to the fans and the world following the loss.
Nobody ever wants to see someone hang around in a sport that’s passed them by, but Silva showed that he can still compete with the best of them, but it’s possible that he may never see a title belt again.
It doesn’t seem to bother Silva, though. After holding the Pride title for five straight years, there are more important things to Silva now, like his fans.
“This (the crowd reaction) is my victory, my fans are my victory. I fight for my fans, I wanted to give a show for my fans and these fans are the reason why I stand here today,” Silva explained.
We’ll have to wait and see what Dana and company have in store for the “Axe Murderer”, but no matter who his next opponent is, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.