What is up with former PRIDE superstars refusing to accept the march of time and their fast-approaching obsolescence in today’s increasingly competitive MMA scene? Here’s Wanderlei Silva (and his dumb hat), currently 2-4 in the UFC, when asked if he’s thinking about retirement:
“No, I’m just back from the doctors, and he make all the checks, and the doctor say, he told me I can fight 20 more years! I’m really healthy you know, and I’m trying to pass Couture. Couture stop at 48, I’m 35.”
While Wand hasn’t been taking Gary Goodridge levels of punishment in his recent fights, his chin isn’t exactly looking awesome lately. I’ve also heard stories about the kind of sparring sessions he takes part in regularly that would turn your hair white and your teeth curly. Did those doctors check his brain? Like properly? Is there an easy way to see if it’s been turned into mashed potatoes from 15 years of going toe to toe with bad mofos? That thing has probably been jackhammered harder than an eastern bloc pornstar’s butthole.