Barnatt wants to retire Wanderlei Silva

Friday, July 18, 2014

Luke Barnatt is only 3-1 in his short UFC career, but is calling for a fight with a mixed martial arts legend to raise his profile: Wanderlei Silva.

“The main reason is, obviously, Chael,” he said. “Me and Chael are very close. He’s going through a very tough time at the moment. People are saying I should distance myself from Chael, and that’s ridiculous.

“Me and him are close friends; he’s done a lot for me and a lot for the sport. I still believe in the guy, and he can’t fight Wanderlei, so I’m probably the best guy to replace him.”

“I’m playing the game, definitely,” Barnatt said. “It’s going to be a tough fight to get, but if I can get that fight and I can bring it to Europe or I can do it on a big stage, then it would be great for my career. Wanderlei’s finished, so they might as well use the juice he has to start somebody else’s career.”

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