Wanderlei Silva became a star in Japan, and lately he has not been the SAME Wanderlei that Pride fans had come to know and love. However, this past Saturday night at UFC on Fuel TV 8 against Brian Stann, we all got a glimpse of that star, the man that rattled off OVER 20 wins IN A ROW. In my opinion, Wanderlei should retire on that note, personally I think he should have retired right there on the spot in the cage. He should have given that moment to the Japanese fans that love him so much.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is right…American fans don’t appreciate the fighters. I can say that because as an American, I am embarrassed by what I see at live events, on website, and on Twitter from the American “fans”. 90% of the UFC events take place here in the states, so there’s a pretty good chance that when Silva does retire, his last fight will have taken place in the states. He should have given that moment to the Japanese fans. They remember. The MMA fan base in America is a culture of “what have you done for me lately”. I was disgusted at how quickly fans turned on Chuck Liddell, personally, I don’t jump ship based on who’s currently on a winning streak. I also don’t boo when a fight is more strategy than action, I may not like it, but I certainly wouldn’t boo.
It’s clear that Wanderlei’s skills are diminishing, and I don’t think, scratch that, I KNOW he doesn’t have another title run left in him. He was just in one of the most exciting fights I’ve seen in a long time, and in the country where he became a star. I think he should retire, and I think he should have announced it right there in Japan and given that moment to the fans that helped make Wanderlei who he is today. Hang’em up Wandy, because I want you to have all your mental facilities when your grand-kids are born. This is coming from a fan who will NEVER boo you, and won’t turn his back on you if you decide to keep fighting and lose.