Wanderlei Silva doesn’t have any thoughts about retirement in his mind right now.
Instead, the former PRIDE champion and legend is focusing solely on his bout this evening vs. Brian Stann at UFC on FUEL TV 8.
Silva, who rose to icon status while competing in Japan, knows the end is nearing. But, that doesn’t mean he still can’t go out and put on “Fight of the Night” quality performances – just, plan on them being at light heavyweight and not middleweight from now on.
“For 185, I would have had to lose 20 pounds, and it’s just too hard,” said Silva, during the pre-fight press conference earlier this week. “He accepted the fight at 205. It’s better now; too much diet’s hard.”
The return to Japan seems to have given “The Axe Murderer” a spark, as he said, “I am so proud to be fighting here. I had the best moments of my career (in the country), and on Sunday, I am going to give you a great show for the fans.”
As for that retirement question, Silva only said “not yet,” when asked about hanging up the gloves for good.