Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Wanderlei eyes rematch, not retirement
By Franklin McNeil
Losing to Chris Leben, right, isn't sitting well with living legend Wanderlei Silva.
Despite suffering the quickest knockout of his illustrious fighting career -- a 27-second drubbing to Chris Leben at UFC 132 on Saturday night -- retirement is not on the agenda of former Pride middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva. Instead, Silva is determined to redeem himself.
“I cried, I felt ashamed of [myself],” Silva said via his Twitter account. “I thought a lot of crap, but now only think of one thing: Revenge [for this] loss.”
The odds of Silva (33-11-1, 1 no contest) getting a rematch with Leben anytime soon are slim. Shortly after the fight, UFC president Dana White stated it might be time for Silva to consider hanging up his gloves.
“We knew [he] and Leben were going to come out and fight until somebody fell down, and it was Wanderlei [on Saturday night],” White said. “People love him so much because of the way he fights, but this is probably the end of the road for Wanderlei.”
The idea of an immediate rematch with Wanderlei doesn’t sit well with Leben’s representatives, either.
“At this point, Chris has absolutely nothing to gain by fighting Wanderlei again,” Leben’s manager, Malki Kawa, told ESPN.com. “There is just no upside in it for Chris, unless Wanderlei wins two or three fights in a row and is a contender.”
Silva has lost six of his past eight fights. In four of those losses, Silva was knocked out.