There are few men more beloved in MMA than Wanderlei Silva. The iconic brawler has been entertaining fans for more than fifteen years and was unbeatable for a period, thanks to some favorable booking and a ferocious style aimed at blasting opponents into oblivion.
However, the 36-year old’s run over his last ten tilts has been a relative disaster. While he’s certainly delivered some exciting performances in the span, he’s only 3-7 with four losses featuring a knockout. Silva will take to the Octagon this weekend at UFC on Fuel 8 where he’ll face Brian Stann in hopes of avoiding another stumble, though even if he does fall it doesn’t appear as though “The Axe Murderer” will call it quits.
“Not yet,” said Silva at a pre-event press conference when asked if he’d thought about hanging his gloves up during the build towards his main event match-up on Saturday night, adding that the decision to move back up to light heavyweight for the fight has been a welcome change. “For 185, I would have had to lose 20 pounds, and it’s just too hard. He accepted the fight at 205. It’s better now; too much diet’s hard.”
While Silva may not walk away from the sport after his showdown with Stann, it is almost certainly the last time he’ll fight in Japan where he made a name for himself during his time in PRIDE. As such, the Brazilian bomber is ready to give fans what they want when the cage door closes.
“I am so proud to be fighting here. I had the best moments of my career here,” said Silva. “I am going to give you a great show for the fans.”
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