November 18, 2011
UFC's Axe Murderer's got pride
By JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency
The UFC has not been kind to Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva.
His last fight ended after only 27 seconds with the legendary Brazilian face down on the mat in a crumpled heap.
Overall, he has three wins and six losses on the world’s biggest stage — two and four since coming over from Pride Fighting Championships.
Statistically, he’s borderline gone.
But the man who was one of PRIDE’s greatest champions, and once went 18 straight fights without a loss, is an MMA institution.
There’s no way the UFC will cut him loose.
So these days, anytime the name Wanderlei Silva comes up, the word “retirement” isn’t usually far behind.
But the 35-year-old — who takes on Cung Le in Saturday’s UFC 139 co-main event — says he has no plans to hang up the gloves just yet.
“I don’t have (retirement) in my mind. I have trained too hard, and am too good, and in too great condition,” says Silva, who is 33-11-1 as a pro.
“I want to fight again, and again, and again and again.”
He says he plans to prove it to UFC president Dana White and all the others who have questioned whether he should still be in the fight business.
“I think my performance in this fight will allow me to fight again,” says Silva.
Doesn’t want to quit
“I don’t want to retire and I know that if I perform like I do in the gym, I will make everyone happy.”
Silva says people shouldn’t read too much from his first-round loss to Chris Leben.
“What happened in my last fight can happen to anyone in MMA,” says Silva.
“You can’t tell Cain Velasquez he should retire now because he got knocked out. Anyone can get knocked out early, one punch early finishes the fight.”
His opponent — like Silva — is a naturally gifted striker.
“This is a great match with me and Cung,” says Silva.
“I know it will be a great show for the fans. We both have attacking styles. We both fight.
“He is a really good fighter, I saw his tapes, I studied his game.”
UFC 139 features a main event between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Dan Henderson.
The event is available in Canada on pay-per-view.