Wanderlei Silva has a pretty big fight coming up on Saturday against Rich Franklin. He’s now 1-4 in his last five fights, which typically puts a UFC fighter in a must-win situation.
Since this fight’s at a catchweight of 195lbs though, another loss for Silva may not be the worst thing in the world for him, however, if he gets brutally knocked out, you have to imagine people will start calling for his retirement. If Dana White happens to be one of those people, Wanderlei says he’ll “respect” the boss’ wishes.
A few years ago I was at the end of the line [of fighters to retire.] Now I am at the front of the line. But I respect the boss. Dana is a smart guy and I respect him. One day I will talk with him about this. He is a man who is the best at his job. If he comes to me and says to stop, I will respect this. But after my next fight, you’ll see, he will say, ‘Please don’t stop.’
Somehow, I imagine that would be a lot easier said than done for Wanderlei. For instance, when asked what he’ll do if Franklin does in fact beat him, Wandy offered these pearls of wisdom.
It’s impossible to say. Sometimes when you lose, some guys, they speak too much from emotion. My fighters here, sometimes they lose and after this they feel like to quit. But I tell them, there is nothing to do but go on to the next one. This is life. It never stops. Life is like a bicycle: if you stop, you are down. Never stop.
“Never stop.” Words to live by people. Personally, I just hope Wandy’s the one dishing out the knockout on Saturday. Nothing against Franklin, but I loathe the thought of having to talk about the possibility of another living legend in this sport retiring.
Oh, and one more thing, regarding Rich training with Anderson Silva, Wanderlei says that’s a good thing. Here’s why.
Yeah, because if he trains with Anderson, he won’t pass the second round with me. You’ll see.
Don’t blink in round two. That’s when Wandy says it’s “go” time.
Update: Kevin Iole has a few more good quotes from Wanderlei. On walking out of the Silva-Leities fight in the third round.
“One of the things I always do is think of the fans and try to give them the kind of fight they want to see,” he said. “They want to see me trying to take the other guy’s head off, not someone going like this (mimicking Leites falling onto his back).
“People paid hundreds of dollars, maybe even $1,000, for tickets to that fight, and that’s what you give them? I couldn’t take it. I left. I would never fight that way. I promise: I know what the people like. This is our job and that’s what we’re here to do. Go out there and fight and give the people a show.”
He also says he’s going to show Forrest Griffin all of Anderson Silva’s weaknesses to help him win.
“Believe me when I tell you, Forrest is going to beat him (at UFC 101),” he said. “I’ll be the second. Anderson is a good fighter, but everyone has weaknesses. I know what those weaknesses are, and I’m going to show Forrest. I know Forrest can do it.”