Few fighters possess the passion of Wanderlei Silva. The 37-year old has never backed down from a fight in his career, always turning in an exciting effort even if it means he ends up face down on the canvas. However, based on age and his questionable chin, many of the people Silva sets out to entertain have called for his retirement.
“The Axe Murderer” has heard their concerns, but, as he recently told Inside MMA, he won’t be hanging his gloves up unless forced to do so.
“When I feel good, when I feel healthy I’m going to fight,” explained Silva. “(If) the public wants (me to fight), (I am) there. When (I) can’t do it anymore, it’s time, but not yet.”
“I made four bonuses in three fights. I don’t know what I can do better,” Silva continued, referring to a trio of consecutive Fight of the Night awards in addition to a Knockout of the Night. “I was so close to beating Rich Franklin. I don’t know. Why do guys want to retire me? Calm down. The public is the boss. When the public wants (me), I will be there.”
Silva picked up two extra performance-based paychecks last weekend at UFC on Fuel 8 when he knocked out Brian Stann in a classic clash seeing both men stumble at times prior to the finish. The win was his second in three tilts and, in Silva’s opinion, an example of why it’s clear he still has some gas left in the tank.
“(The victory) means a lot because everybody knows he’s a tough opponent. I’m so happy to have that performance against a guy from the new generation. He’s the former WEC champion and a tough opponent,” said Silva. “And I think we made one of the best rounds in all of UFC history.”
The 35-12-1 Brazilian didn’t mention when he’d like his next match-up to come but did confirm it would come at 205 pounds as his scrap with Stann did.
Check out the complete interview with Silva below:
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