Wanderlei Silva responded to his first round knock-out loss to Chris Leben at UFC 132 this past Saturday, writing on his Twitter account that he wants another fight with “The Crippler.”
“I cried, I thought a lot of shit, and now I’m ashamed and only think in one thing now: I want a rematch,” Silva wrote.
He later wrote that this past Saturday was the “worst day of his life.”
The loss to Leben was Silva’s sixth in his last eight fights, prompting UFC President Dana White to say that it may be time for the former Pride middleweight champion to call it quits.
“People love him so much because of the way he fights and his style and the type of person he is,” White said. “But yeah, probably the end of the road for Wanderlei.”
In the fight, Silva came out of the gates on a mission, wading right into the pocket with Leben and winging hooks; one clipped “The Crippler,” which was enough to send him into gutter fight mode. He fired right back at Silva and rocked him with a hard left hook. Silva grabbed the clinch quickly, but Leben had done his homework and fired a series of uppercuts up the middle that put the revered veteran facedown on the mat. The follow up ground and pound strikes were solely academic, Silva was long gone.
“People knew that he and Leben were going to come out and they were going to throw until somebody fell down, and it was Wanderlei,” said White. “The guy has nothing left to prove. He’s a warrior. People love him all over the world. I just don’t want to see… that happen to him anymore.”
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.