Brazilian MMA legend Wanderlei Silva was knocked out in just twenty seven seconds last weekend at UFC 132 by Chris Leben, marking the fourth time that he’s been KOed in his last eight fights.
As a result, UFC president Dana White indicated at the UFC 132 post-fight presser that he would, like he did with Chuck Liddell, likely push Silva into retirement. Fellow countryman, MMA legend and friend to “The Axe Murderer,” Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira recently denounced White’s proposal that Silva end his career in an interview with R7 Esportes (props to FightersOnly.com).
“I think he was unfortunate with his comments. They’re idols of the sport, he’s not a God who decides on everyone’s career,” “Big Nog” said of White.
Though Silva fell that Saturday night at UFC 132, another legend whose career was in question found redemption. Tito Ortiz defeated young gun Ryan Bader in impressive fashion that night to resurrect his career and “Big Nog” loved seeing it happen.
“I loved the fact that Tito Ortiz won his last fight,” he said. “You see that these people were not champions for nothing. Ortiz, Wanderlei and Fedor were top fighters for a reason. But Dana White can’t decide [their fate], he’ll have to eat his words regarding Tito.”