Wanderlei Silva is done

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:23 PM ET

It’s a case of the well-worn ‘live by the sword’ analogy.

Arguably the most violent, aggressive fighter in MMA history has lost his chin.

Wanderlei Silva has only garnered two wins in his last eight fights — four of those losses coming by vicious knockout.

It took only 27 seconds this past weekend for him to hit the mat.

Shortly after that nasty Chris Leben knockout, UFC president Dana White said it may be the end of the road for Silva.

And as much as fans love to watch the Axe Murderer throw down, White is right.

Allowing him to suffer any further dangerous shots to the head would be bad for Silva and bad for the sport.

No one can say the former Pride champ hasn’t done enough to prolong his career.

The 35-year-old came down from light-heavyweight to start new as a 185-pounder — perhaps to fight men who pack a little less power in their punches.

He underwent facial surgery to remove years of scar tissue.

But in recent wars, Silva’s proven he’s a slugger who can’t take on other sluggers.

He’s OK to go the distance with fighters not known for their knockout power (Michael Bisping) but when it comes to pure stand up scrappers, his chin tends to betray him before the final bell.

Silva has nothing left to prove. He was on the right side of some of the nastiest finishes in the game and has beaten some of the legends in the sport.

One thing is certain — there’s a vacant seat in the hall of fame with his name on it.

He just needs to take it sooner, rather than later.

jose.rodriguez@sunmedia.ca

twitter: @joser403


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