Coach: Wand still a ‘kid’, hungry for fights

Friday, May 17, 2013

At 36 years old, Wanderlei Silva is a legend in mixed martial arts, and all but a guarantee for the UFC Hall of Fame. Despite an impressive win over Brian Stann in his last outing, Silva is only 3-5 in his most recent UFC stint and has been fightng professionally for over 17 years. Some media have called for his retirement, but according to his coach, Rafael Cordeiro, there’s no reason yet for him to retire:

“I think his last fight, Wanderlei proved back in Japan, he fought in his area. He put his samurai spirit inside and he proved. Wanderlei has 36 years, but he is still like a kid. He is still like a kid that is hungry for fights and proved it by beating Brian Stann in a stand up fight, a muay thai fight. A lot of people say, ‘Wanderlei, he needs to retire.’ But, it’s hard for the guy to retire if he fights and he won bonus for the best fight of the night and the best knockout of the night.

uys like Wanderlei can’t stop fighting because people say to Wanderlei he needs to retire and he say, “I fought that last guy, and the guys give me the bonus of fight of the night! Why I will retire?’ So, Wanderlei proved he is still hungry for fights and never stop training.”

transcription by MMAMania.com…