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Video: Wanderlei Says He’s Not Done Yet


(Video courtesy of YouTube/GroundandPoundTV1)

Wanderlei Silva was in Germany recently where he conducted a seminar in Frankfurt and was interviewed by GroundandPoundTV. The former PRIDE star says that in spite of a growing opinion that he should probably walk away from the sport following his most recent knockout loss to Chris Leben at UFC 132 in July, he ain’t goin’ out like that as he owes it to his fans to retire out with his head held hight, not held by the referee as he comes to.

“I rushed. I [was] so excited  to be back to fighting and in the co-main event that I did something wrong at the start of the fight. But it happens. I need to come back to training. I hear a lot of guys talking, ‘I gonna retire…gonna retire.’ I can’t retire. Not after that fight. Maybe if I won I could retire, but I can’t retire now. I’m gonna go back to fight for sure and I hope I give a good show for my fans. I’m gonna talk to [Dana White], but he’s so busy right now. We’re gonna talk soon, but for sure, it’s not the last [fight]. After my career, I can’t have one last fight in my career like that. I want to make one fight. I want to announce when I’m gonna retire and I wanna make one big party for my fans. I have a lot of fans that have been been following me for more than ten years. I look at them and they’re like men who some are 25 years old and they say, ‘Man, I’ve saw you since I was a little kid.’ It’s for that kind of guy that I fight.”

As far as a much anticipated rematch with Vitor Belfort that perhaps has lost some of its lustre, Wand says he believes it will happen eventually.

“We can fight with everybody in the world, but some time this fight is gonna hapen. One up, one down, but soon we’re gonna be together. Just wait; it’s gonna happen.”

Finally, when asked about the ongoing verbal assault Chael Sonnen has aimed towards his Brazilian homeland, Silva says he doesn’t think “The American Gangster” would say anything disparaging to his face.

“I think he doing the wrong thing. He doing the wrong promotion. If you’re talking about your next opponent, that’s OK, but I don’t like that stuffs. I am Brazilian. I can talk about Brazilians. The guys who are German can talk about Germans because you know. You live in the place. The other guys can’t talk about your culture,” he says. “We’re gonna look at the future and what’s gonna happen. We’ll see when we’re together. The last time I saw him he run [away]. He don’t come to talk to me. Smart.”

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Todd M- September 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm
^ Yeah, I think he just took to much damage, plus he was always a brawler not the most technical fighter in history
XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 9:55 am
@Todd M
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Don't let my blunt talk give you the impression I don't like Wandy - but in review of his own admissions, he himself has gotten sloppy.
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As far as I can see into the future, he is much like Fedor. Still completely dangerous when on the prowl, yet age-prone to getting caught.
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One might guess, this is sometimes results when one transitions from full-time fighter, to full-time family man.
Todd M- September 7, 2011 at 4:22 am
^ Dude really? First of all Chuck didn't knock out Wandy, they had a back and forth slugfest, an epic, a classic, Second, Wandy's solid career including 5 years at the top of the most stacked division in history and his humungous and loyal fan base are the reason he held down a co-main. True, Wandy has been on the slide for some time now, due to the damage he took in his career, but he still fills seats. I would wager though that his bout with Leben will be his last co-main stateside.
XENOPHON- September 7, 2011 at 12:08 am
Some of you fucks need to pull your head out of your ass. The FOX-UFC executive butt fucks state that their organization has all the best fighters in the world.
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Fact is Wandy has lost 6 of his last 8 fights. He actually was signed by UFC riding a 2 loss streak, then got immediately KTFO as a welcoming present to the UFC from Chocolate AL. It was Liddel's last win in the UFC.
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You tell me if Wandy sucks, or if the UFC is phony?
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Instead from above Wandy says, "he was excited about a co-main event" wherein he was flattened by Leben with less than 30 seconds in round 1.
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Now you tell me how the UFC ever justified in having Wandy hold down a co-main event?
Todd M- September 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm
@ RWR, Hell Yes I would watch that fight, take my vote. Other than that I think that there is still some good opponents for Wandy. Skeletor says Santiago, I'd watch that fight, It could go down in Japan next year where both are popular.
BallsDeep- September 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm
"I look at them and they’re like men who some are 25 years old and they say, ‘Man, I’ve saw you since I was a little kid.’ It’s for that kind of guy that I fight.”

This is why Wanderlei always has been, and always will be, one of my favorite fighters in the sport.

P.S. Your captcha things are extremely hard to read. The first word is continuously fucked up with lines through it. I went through like 7 different ones before I found a legible one. I'm gonna go ahead here and say that this is Bullshit!
RwilsonR- September 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm
Hear me out on this - here is a fight that makes no sense, and yet all the sense in the world - Wanderlei Silva vs Matt Hughes at a catchweight. Arguably the two most dominant champions of their time, two legends looking for a fight that makes sense, two opposing styles, similar places in their career... and it could really sell!
I know it sounds a little silly, but it makes sense to me. Much better than having Hughes get destroyed by Koscheck.
XxStifflerxX- September 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm
Yup! Same here! Waiting for the Brock vs Reem post to come up already. DW just announced it! Cant wait! Fight is going to be sick! But poor Strikeforce their just dying little by little. They take Nick Diaz, now Overeem and thats not including Shields and Mayhem. lol.
Fried Taco- September 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm
So will Wandy just keep losing until he is forced to retire? I understand wanting to go out on a win, but if a fighter is winning he doesn't want to retire.
Fried Taco- September 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm
waiting for the Brock-Reem story...
skeletor- September 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm
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