Following Silva's UFC 147 loss to Rich Franklin, UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie.com "The Axe Murderer's" fighting career is just about over. However, White won't discuss Silva's future without prefacing his comments with a glowing compliment.
"Wanderlei Silva for so many years was my arch enemy over at PRIDE," White said. "I so wanted to do that fight with Chuck.
"But since he's set his foot in the UFC, he's been like he's always in the UFC. He's been a great guy. We love him, and he's a local here in Las Vegas, so he'll be around for a while one way or another."
White did say though that they will have "the talk" about retirement.
"Wanderlei is a guy, yeah, I want to talk to," said White. "He looked good in that fight. He almost won, and it's not like he got knocked out. And Rich Franklin can crack. He just knocked Chuck out."
"I think Wanderlei is coming to the end. I think he knows that too. There's nothing wrong with that. We all get old, and this is a young man's game. We'll see what happens.
"I'm not saying he needs to retire, but he's getting close."
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