Coach: Wand is young, still has much to do

by Guilherme Cruz | source:

In an exclusive interview with TATAME, Rafael Cordeiro, head-coach of Kings MMA disagree with Dana White, and believes it’s not the end of the line for the Axe Murderer.

Guilherme Cruz: What went wrong with Wanderlei?

Rafael Cordeiro: The lack of fighting rhythm was the biggest factor. Wanderlei, while in a sequence of fights, will recover that. Wanderlei was coming from a sequence of injuries, did his best on the trainings, he was doing fine, but it happened. There were two prepared athletes, and a hard punch got him hard. He went for it, it’s hard to analyze… There was no bout. Wanderlei believed that he could finish the fight and went for it.

GC: Did you feel it on the trainings?

RC: He was doing great on the trainings with Mark Munoz, Vitor Vianna, Werdum… We had a great technical support. Wanderlei was ready for a war. Whoever things Wanderlei was not prepared for it, is mistaken. He was prepared for a war, but that punch really got caught him and it defined the fight.

GC: What was the game plan?

RC: To move a lot, use his best skills, which are his speed and exploding power, find the right moment and counterattack and, moving his legs a lot, finish the fight. He was well trained, but, unfortunately that punch really caught him. It’s hard to talk about game plans after the fight, but now we have to move along and think about his next bout. He still has much to do, he’s an excellent athlete, young… There are no excuses.

GC: How did Wanderlei react to Dana White’s statements, claiming it was the end of the line for him?

RC: Nobody said it directly to Wanderlei, that he won’ fight anymore. Wanderlei is in Brazil now, he’ll return to the United States this week, and he’s coming to train here. He wants to fight again. He trained his whole life and suffered many injuries as any other athlete, but they’re all healed. He’s with a good body, stronger than ever. He’s Wanderlei, he’ll never give up. That’s the main thing about him. And there’s no reasons for him to do that. He’s reached what every athlete wants to. I’m not saying this as his coach, I’m saying this as a guy who watched him growing in the sport. He has the potential to become champion again, it’s all about timing.

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ChokeEmOut site profile image  

7/26/11 9:21 PM by ChokeEmOut

 Yeah, but i'm talking "stretched"..flash KO's the dude has probably had 100x from training and fighting. I'll cut him some slack on this one..I like this better than laying there stretched and conculsing ala UFC 92

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7/26/11 7:53 PM by Jons Forsberg

and this...

Jons Forsberg site profile image  

7/26/11 7:51 PM by Jons Forsberg

check this pic. Out Cold. He woke up whe the ref pounced on him but that was a clear KO.

HELWIG site profile image  

7/26/11 7:41 PM by HELWIG

 "leben can go zombie at anytime and is super dangerous. He may be b level, but when hes rocked, hes a-level....thats a great god given skill" Leben should have been KOd by Martin. Instead he went into a zombified state of awareness and brutally one-shotted Terry. Thats not normal.

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7/26/11 7:13 PM by KingstonHawkeJr

I think Wand v. the loser of Belfort/Akiyama would be perfect! If Akiyama loses then it'd be a great loser gets cut type match-up. It'd be fun to watch, and it'd do numbers. Belfort I don't think should be cut even if he lost his next two, but I think Vitor v. Wandy is a steal as a non main event fight.

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7/26/11 6:29 PM by blueheron20816

He was on "queer street" when he first got dropped, he was unconscious when his arms were limp at his sides, eyes open and face flat on the canvas. He was only out-out for a second, but no doubt he was unconscious. I dont like it either dude, but there is no doubt that was a KO, one more hit and who knows, lights might have stayed out for a few minutes. Guys fighting the ref when they come from a ko isnt that uncommon actually. Vitors KO of lindland was nothing short of scary and when lindland stopped seizing he tried taking down the ref. Its almost like an automatic reaction because to them, it was instant and they had no idea they had been KO'd. I know man, its heartbreaking as a true wand fan. I do agree with the rest of your initial post. Read my earlier post, I said pretty much exactly what you did about his style.

ChokeEmOut site profile image  

7/26/11 6:01 PM by ChokeEmOut

 Yeah? When was the last time a dude got stretched (KO, KTFO) and was able to do that? He was on queer street and TKO'd..not Knocked Out unconcious.

Chromium site profile image  

7/26/11 5:54 PM by Chromium

Wand still has so far to fall, could be a stepping stone for so many different people. Let him fight!

Domingo site profile image  

7/26/11 5:47 PM by Domingo

Has any MMA fighter who started getting lights-out KO'd suddenly ever recovered and gotten back to form? Randy adjusted and stopped getting hit as much, but he still gets rocked by a strong breeze.Once you hit that wall, you don't suddenly get better.