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What's Next for Wanderlei?

Written by Tom Ngo
June 15th, 2009
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After dropping his fifth scrap in his last six contests at UFC 99, former Pride FC middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva’s magnificent career may be coming to an end. Although he is far from wanting to call it quits, his body may be telling him something different. The soon-to-be 33-year-old has been through countless battles and it looks as though his body may have lost the war. Once known as one of MMA’s most vicious and deadliest finishers, he was not able to capitalize on a stunned Rich Franklin in the 2ndRound of their 195-pound catch weight tango.

When Wandy circa 2003 smelled blood in the water, it was feeding time as he would serve up lethal doses of punches, kicks and knees that would have the world asking, ‘who the [expletive] in their right mind would want to fight this guy?’

Currenty-day Silva is still exciting, just without the execution.

“Wanderlei Silva’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet,” UFC president Dana White said of his fallen fighter. “He’s become a big part of our team. We care about this guy. He’s around all the time. He works out in the gym and we’d love to keep him around no matter what he decides to do.”

White believes that Silva needs to take a step back and really evaluate if he needs to do this anymore. Wandy will go down as one of MMA’s all-time greats, and one of Japan’s most illustrious fighters.

Unfortunately, the Brazilian was not able to translate those talents over to the UFC. It appears as though his return to the Octagon was a few years too late and the sport may have passed him by.

“It’s one of those things where we’ll get back to Vegas and we’ll call Wanderlei in, we’ll sit down and talk to him and see what he wants to do,” added White.

White may want to have a sit-down with Silva that Tony Soprano would be proud of. Wandy already told White what was on his mind at the UFC 99 post-fight presser after he dropped his controversial unanimous decision loss to Franklin.

“Please, I want a rematch Dana (White),” Silva pleaded to the brash Prez. “You’re the boss, but I want a rematch. I want to fight Rich Franklin again. Judges sometimes have an opinion, but I’m thinking I want to fight Rich Franklin again. I want a rematch.”

Was Silva robbed on the cards? Possibly. Will he get a rematch for his troubles? Probably not as the two former champs appear to be heading in opposite directions.

Only time will tell how this will play out. But for now, let’s just be grateful that Wanderlei was able to leave the cage conscious for a change, something he hasn’t been able to do in three of his losses during his current skid.

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