As Wanderlei Silva stood opposite Brian Stann at March’s UFC on FUEL TV card from Japan, a burning question was if the former PRIDE star was on the cusp of retirement. Instead, Silva took Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night to continue his MMA career.
His trainer Rafael Cordeiro doesn’t see Silva retiring, as long as the big paychecks keep coming in.
“A lot of people say, ‘Wanderlei, he needs to retire,’” said Cordeiro on the Rick J Lee channel. “But, it’s hard for the guy to retire if he fights and he won bonus for the best fight of the night and the best knockout of the night. Wanderlei proved he is still hungry for fights and never stops training.”
Silva’s UFC run hasn’t been as successful as his time in PRIDE. He’s 4-5 for the UFC, finishing three of his wins thanks to his hands.
Chael Sonnen issued a challenge to Silva, who wants the fight. He seeks to beat respect out of Sonnen for his trash talk of the Brazilian fans.