Wanderlei Silva stated that he was finished with MMA but would still welcome a boxing battle against a worthy opponent. The 46-year-old called on “Hendo” for a final dance as he reflected on the rematches he never got with Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson.
“We’re officially retired from MMA,” Wanderlei said.
“I think these new boxing events are interesting. It would be interesting, though I’ve never had a boxing fight before. My boxing is very good, I’ve trained with some really good guys, but I never fought. I’d like to have a boxing match at one of those good events against a good name,”
“My rematch with Belfort was the only fight that never took place,” Silva said.
“I would have liked to have had a rematch against Dan Henderson, too. In fact, I won one and lost the other. But I kind of had a cold in the second fight, I wasn’t 100%. If he accepted to have boxing fight with me, I’d love to beat him up,”.
“Only parents know what it’s like. It’s a totally different feeling, but very emotional, because we know all the things that can happen in a fight. I’ve been through it all and I know what your own effort is worth. He may be anyone’s son, have all the money available, but in a fight it’s your own effort that counts. The heart and the training. He’s been training hard and behaving like a professional.”
Silva (35-14-1-1 NC) was one of the most famous fighters of his time, appearing on both sides of several classic bouts in the PRIDE and UFC. In his 22 years as a professional fighter.
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