A few weeks back MMA legend Wanderlei Silva took to the cage for the 47th time in his professional career. While Silva looked like his old self at times in the tilt against Rich Franklin at UFC 147, in the end “The Axe Murderer” ultimately lost for the fourth time in his last six scraps.
While Silva is not quite ready to call it quits just yet, it seems as though 2013 is likely to play host to the final fight of a storied run in the sport. In fact, even UFC President Dana White sees Silva’s days as being numbered.
“I think Wanderlei is coming to the end. I think he knows that too. There’s nothing wrong with that. We all get old, and this is a young man’s game,” explained White in an interview with MMAJunkie. “I’m not saying he needs to retire, but he’s getting close.”
White also made sure to give Silva credit for his performance against Franklin, pointing out his near-finish of “Ace” in the early rounds and an ability to go 25 minutes against a solid striker without ever crumpling to the canvas and being finished.
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MMATraining Take: I would like to Silva fight 2-3 more times tops in “super-fight” scenarios and then hang up his gloves. A bout with Vitor Belfort needs to materialize after their time on TUF Brasil and dislike of one another, plus I wouldn’t mind seeing him face Chael Sonnen given some of their past comments about each other.