Dana White: Wanderlei will be with UFC for a long time

by Tom Ngo | source: 5thround.com

Not too many moons ago, UFC president Dana White was on the brink of forcing Wanderlei Silva to hang up his MMA gloves. “The Axe Murderer” was starting to get put to sleep on a regular basis and White didn’t want for one of the game’s most popular athletes to end his career on other fighters’ highlight reels. White had forced UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell into retirement for the same reason.

However, despite losing seven out of his last 10 scraps, including a unanimous decision to Rich Franklin on Saturday at UFC 147, it appears White won’t be convincing the 35-year-old to hit the retirement home anytime soon.

“Wanderlei almost won that fight [against Franklin],” White stated on FUEL TV’s post-fight show. “It is tough to say [what's next for him]. He used to be my arch nemesis over at Pride.

“But since he came to the UFC, he has been great, acting like he has been in the UFC for a long time. He has been honest and great and he is going to be with the UFC for a long time, whether he is fighting or not.”

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NKTKDace site profile image  

6/26/12 7:26 PM by NKTKDace

And another thing ..... I bet when Dana shakes Wand's hand he feels fucking RESPECT

NKTKDace site profile image  

6/26/12 7:24 PM by NKTKDace

I don't know the guy and yeah he has his moments but it looks to me that if you aren't an asshole and you are willing to deal with a little shit here and there he would treat you well.I don't believe Chuck is an ass kisser

UGCTT_molsonmuscle360 site profile image  

6/26/12 4:44 PM by UGCTT_molsonmuscle360

NO!  This is the UG!!! Noone is allowed to like Dana, not even his employees, no matter how well he's treated them.  

ThinkMMA site profile image  

6/26/12 4:42 PM by ThinkMMA

 This is very true.

Bam57Bam site profile image  

6/26/12 4:39 PM by Bam57Bam

Same should b said about franklin when he's at the end.Both all time greats.

cheesesteak site profile image  

6/26/12 4:17 PM by cheesesteak

Funny I never thought of it that way. That could very well be true though.

AGC IV site profile image  

6/26/12 4:15 PM by AGC IV

Lol so Dana must really hate wand or just want to see him permanently brain dead! He better keep hand picking him fights with other fighters past their prime.

disbeliever site profile image  

6/26/12 4:12 PM by disbeliever

Maybe, just maybe, he is happy with the way Dana and the UFC have taken care of him, and treat him with respect?

cheesesteak site profile image  

6/26/12 4:10 PM by cheesesteak

Wrong...I'm very happy with my life...But I just find it sad that a legend like him has to feel scared shit less to not offend Dana and Co.

Anomonis site profile image  

6/26/12 4:08 PM by Anomonis

I'm not surprised and I think it's great. Kind of like Liddell. He seems like he would be loyal to his employers and it's great to hear that he will have a place in the sport in the future.