Wanderlei Silva’s career has spanned 49 MMA bouts, from his early days in Brazilian vale tudo, to stints in both PRIDE and the UFC — including historic wins over the likes of Kazushi Sakuraba and Quinton Jackson.
Sadly, that career is in limbo right now, as we await the results of his Nevada Athletic Commission hearing next month. The man they call “The Axe Murderer” has found himself in fight to keep his license to compete after a performance enhancing drug controversy.
Issues with PED’s have already seen his hated rival Chael Sonnen, who Silva was to fight next, suspended from the sport for two years.
But, Silva insists there’s at least one more chapter to be written in his storied MMA career.
“I think only a few fights make sense to me right now, for my fight number fifty,” Silva said in a recent interview for In The Cage with Carlin Bardsley. “(Vitor) Belfort or Sonnen… or Dan Henderson.”
Silva dubbed Henderson “a legend” and “an incredible fighter.” The two fight twice in the PRIDE promotion, with Silva earning a decision victory in 2000 and Henderson scoring a knockout in their 2007 rematch.
“We can make a great show for the fans,” Silva smiled.
Asked id he’d consider going to another promotion, Silva flatly said: “I don’t know.” But, he called White a “great boss,” said he had “a good contract,” and said he’d fight with the UFC “forever,” as they wanted him.
“I make new fans every day,” Silva smiled. “I’m here for you, I’m here for my fans.”
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