Many predicted the end of beloved mixed martial arts figure Wanderlei Silva’s professional MMA career following his first round knockout loss to Chris Leben this past July at UFC 132.
On the same card that saw Tito Ortiz revive his career with a win over Ryan Bader, Silva was brutally and decisively knocked out for the fourth time in his last eight fights. The Axe Murderer is 2-6 in his last eight bouts, with his only wins coming over Keith Jardine and Michael Bisping. Owing to his personality, fighting style and fighting spirit, the 35-year-old Silva has cultivated a legion of loyal fans — it is for them, he tells Ground and Pound TV, that he is unwilling to hang up his gloves at this juncture.
“I think I rushed. I am so excited to be back for fight and in Vegas, in the co-main event, I did the wrong thing in the start of the fight,” Silva said of his loss to Leben. “But, this happens, no? I need to come back to training. A lot of guys talking, ‘I gonna retire… gonna retire.’ I can’t retire. Not after that fight. Maybe if I won I could retire, but I can’t retire now. I’m gonna go back to fight for sure and I hope I give a good show for my fans.”
Following the fight, UFC president Dana White made it sound like Silva’s retirement was imminent, but the Pride FC veteran isn’t having that and explained that he and White are due a conversation on the topic soon.
“I’m gonna talk to him, he’s so busy right now, but we’re gonna talk soon,” he said. “But, for sure, it’s not the last. After my career, I can’t have one last fight in my career like that. I want to make one fight. I want to announce when I’m gonna retire and I wanna make one big party for my fans. I have a lot of fans that have been been following me for more than ten years. I look at them and they’re like men who some are 25-years-old and they say, ‘Man, I’ve saw you since I was a little kid.’ It’s for that kind of guy that I fight.”
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