Wanderlei Silva may very well have reached the end of his career this past Saturday, as his twenty-seven second knockout loss to Chris Leben marks his sixth defeat in his past eight fights and his fifth recent defeat by knockout.
Silva, loved and revered by a legion of fans for both his amiability and in-cage fearsomeness, posted a heartfelt message to his Twitter in the days following the loss, which paints a heartbreaking portrait of that period of time.
“I cried, I thought a lot of shit, and now I’m ashamed and only think in one thing now: I want a rematch,” he wrote.
UFC president Dana White, who expressed his opinion at the post-fight press conference that “The Axe Murderer” has likely hit “the end of the road,” recently spoke with FightersOnly.com in response to the Pride FC legend’s emotional message.
“He has nothing to be ashamed about,” said White. “He has been an amazing fighter for the last 10 years, people love and respect him. Age gets us all.”
Though nothing official has been set in regards to Silva’s fighting future, the indication is that White will speak with the fighter and, as in the situation with Chuck Liddell, try to convince him to retire out of concern for his health.