The king of the world during his days at Pride FC, it’s been some years now that Wanderlei Silva has been riding a rocky road, ever since he entered the UFC fray. He’s seen six losses in his last eleven fights. On his return to the UFC, specifically, he’s suffered four losses in six fights – well below the kind of performance Wand fans were used to during the earlier part of his career.
“People love him a lot for the way he fights, his style and the person he is. But, yes, it’s probably the end of the road for Wanderlei,” the UFC president spelled the “Axe Murderer’s” sentence.
White made a similar declaration in the past, but referring to Chuck Liddell, another big-time popular hero. Either way, it’s bad news for Wand, who turns 35 years old on this day.
Indeed, White even compared the case of Wand to that of Liddell. The promotional kingpin feels Wanderlei has nothing more to prove.
The Brazilian’s bane on the occasion, Chris Leben, was cordial in what he had to say.
“Wanderlei is my favorite fighter; I never imagined I’d beat him like that. I expected to fight three rounds. I’ve never been so shocked by a fight. Wanderlei’s a legend; what he did for the sport is unbelievable,” he said.