How does a mixed martial artist go from 10 to 0 within 27 seconds? After claiming he had 10 more fights left in his illustrious career, it appears Wanderlei Silva will be forced to call his Octagon career quits following his 1stRound lights out loss to Chris Leben at UFC 132 on Saturday night.
“People love him so much because of the way he fights and his style and the type of person he is, but yeah, this was probably the end of the road for Wanderlei,” UFC president Dana White somberly stated at the post-fight press conference.
Wandy was unable to attend the presser.
Not too many moons ago, it was Silva that was consistently putting his opponents to sleep with his vicious arsenal. The former PrideFC middleweight king was running things overseas while UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell was holding the 205-pound division down stateside.
Speaking of “The Iceman,” he once walked in Wanderlei’s shoes not too long ago. After a decorated UFC career, Liddell quickly discovered that Father Time is no joke as he eventually contributed to Mr. Time’s undefeated record. However, it wasn’t without a stern suggestion from White and plenty of kicking and screaming on Liddell’s part.
Nonetheless, much like everything else in the MMA world, White got his wish and convinced Liddell to hang up his gloves for the final time. It’s something that he will now have to do with the legendary Brazilian, who has now dropped six of his last eight contests.
He was knocked unconscious in four of those losses.
“I think it’s one of those ones where I’d like to sit down and talk to him and kind of Chuck Liddell him into it,” White said. “I think the guy has nothing left to prove.
“He’s a warrior. People love him all over the world and I just don’t want to see that happen to him anymore.”
Silva owns an impressive a 33-11-1 (1 NC) resume, with 23 of his victories coming via some form of knockout. Although the “The Axe Murderer” entered the UFC at the tail end of his career, the Brazilian is one of the company’s most popular athletes.
BTW – Sunday marks Wandy’s 36th Birthday. Feliz Aniversário and obrigado for the unforgettable ride!