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Old 07-03-2011, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dana White Wants Wanderlei To Retire

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Old 07-03-2011, 09:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's not like the image of Wanderlei Silva crumpling to the canvas is a new one for MMA fans. It's happened three times since 2006, but the men putting up the vacant sign at Hotel Consciousness were all elite fighters with reputations for that sort of thing.

Chris Leben hits hard too -- just ask Aaron Simpson or Jorge Santiago or Terry Martin. But Leben's strategy of sacrificing defense to land his own punches, betraying an otherwise well-rounded skill set, always prevented him from transcending the role of PPV slugfest fodder.

So when Chris Leben faceplants Wanderlei Silva in 27 seconds, people start asking whether the latter should hang up his wrist-rolling gloves. And those people count Dana White among their numbers.

"People love him so much because of the way he fights and his style and the type of person he is, but yeah, (it's) probably the end of the road for Wanderlei," White told MMA Junkie. "I think it's one of those ones where I'd like to sit down and talk to him and kind of Chuck Liddell him into it."

White had to talk Liddell into retirement following a third-consecutive knockout loss to a one-armed Rich Franklin at UFC 115 just over a year ago. And that was White's second attempt -- he unilaterally announced Liddell's retirement following a knockout to Mauricio Rua in 2009.

Silva, who has yet to speak with White and did not attend the post-fight press conference, is cut from the same cloth. When asked about his future, Silva expressed plans to fight ten fight over the next five years.

"I think the guy has nothing left to prove," said White.

In 15-plus years in the sport, Silva has compiled a 33-11-1 record. He held Pride's middleweight title for over five years, and won that company's middleweight grand prix tournament in 2003. He turns 35 today.
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why didn't Dana do the honorable thing and say this to Wanderlei personally? What a douche!!
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Why didn't Dana do the honorable thing and say this to Wanderlei personally? What a douche!!
He did this to Chuck and he is one of his closest friends. I don't really see the problem about talking to the media about it, after all... the media is what makes the UFC go.
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hell yeah he needs to retire he looks pathetic out there. I hate to say it but he is now officially a bum. He's one of the few MMA fighters who has successfully tarnished his image for good. He's now Ken Shamrock status.
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I was calling Wandy the next Chuck Liddell even BEFORE last night, which is why i bet on Leben. He should retire, and help leave the old generation of MMA in the past. Some people are nostalgic fans who romanticize PRIDE and hate to see its fighters suffer, but I personally prefer these guys to leave without tarnishing thier legacies further and let the new wave of more well-rounded fighters take the stage!
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't think Wand has tarnished his legacy at all. It's how fighters like him go out- on their shield. The reason why he has so many fans is the way he fights, his amazing run in Pride and the person he is away from the cage. This happens to most fighters, other sport athletes and especially ones like Wand and Chuck who fought the way they did. Going out like they did does nothing to take away from what they were able to accomplish in their prime and they should be respected for fighting on until the end. It's sad to see but it can't last forever.

Nobody remembers that Mike Tyson ended his career by quitting in his last fight against a nobody like Kevin McBride.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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He hurt Leben, Leben looked like clipped the back of his head then landed 1 flush shot on his chin. Its not like he was being obliterated every fight like Chuck was, maybe he came out too hard and fast but hey shit happens he wanted to give the fans a show and they got it....just not the way he wanted it
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Dana's worries about aging fighters getting KOed often are sincere but I don't think Wandy has really even lost much in the chin department. Chuck got flatlined by Franklin's offhand it isn't to that point. Wandy didn't get KOed by Franklin or Bisping. He got KOed by Rampage, Hendo, and Leben three of the hardest punchers in their divisions and by a Crocop head kick.
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I don't think he's tarnishing his legacy at all. That being said, I do think it's time to hang it up. He gave it a good go at the end but losing so frequently and as violently as he's been losing, I think it's fair to say his time is up. He had an absolutely amazing run and made himself into a legend.
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