Wanderlei Changes Up Training

Written by Tom Ngo
January 22nd, 2009

Just three years ago, Wanderlei Silva was one of MMA’s most feared fighters. When he hurt you, which was often, he unleashed one of the most vicious and relentless attacks ever seen. My how times have changed as he has now lost four of his last five bouts, with three of those losses coming in devastating knockout fashion. It’s time for a change and Wandy knows it.

“Yeah, I need to change, because there is a danger,” Silva stated. “Sometimes you open the guard to throw your punches. I am old, so I need to train more to change my style. But I think I’m going to train to change what I need to change.”

At 32-years of age, he is not quite in the twilight of his career, nor is he in his prime. However one thing is for certain, if he wants to continue his career as a fighter, he can’t afford too many more scenes with him sleeping on the canvas.

“… I’m going to study what I need to change, what I need to train different,” Silva said about his plans to prolong his illustrious career. “Because now my cardio is the best cardio in my life. I have a very good condition. Now, I need to change a little bit of my technique to come back to win.”

First it was Mirko Cro Cop with a deadly head kick, then it was Dan Henderson with a right hook, and most recently it was former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson with a left hook. All three laid the Brazilian out cold, with him waking up to a circle of doctors to check on his condition.

So it is back to the drawing board for one of MMA’s most popular fighters. He will look to refine his stand-up game at Xtreme Couture and he promises it will be much cleaner the next time around.

“I think I need to train more stand up…” Silva said about his future training camps. “I think I need to train more boxing than Muay Thai.”

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