At 42 Years Old, Wanderlei Silva Believes He Still Can Do ‘A Few More Fights’

By: Tristen Critchfield
Sep 30, 2018


While it certainly wasn’t the Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson of their Pride Fighting Championships heyday, there were fun flashes of violence in the fourth meeting between the two grizzled veterans at Bellator 206.

Jackson and Silva exchanged flurries in spurts, but ultimately it was “Rampage” who evened the series at 2-2 with a technical knockout victory at the 4:32 mark of round two. Afterward, there was some talk about a potential fifth meeting between the rivals.

Whether or not Jackson is one of them, “The Axe Murderer” is confident that he has a few more fights left in the tank.

“I’d like to thank all my friends and fans for rooting for me. Leaving the octagon acclaimed made me very happy and it gives me the strength to fight again,” Silva wrote on Instagram. “I represented our country with heart. Unfortunately, the win didn’t come this time. It was the best fight of the night at Bellator 206. At 42, I can still do a few more fights. I’m already thinking about the next one. Who could be my next opponent? Thank you for the support, brothers.”

Silva added at the Bellator 206 post-fight press conference that he’d like to fight as soon as possible. The Brazilian has lost to Jackson and Chael Sonnen since joining Bellator MMA. Dating back to 2006, Silva is 5-9 in his last 14 professional appearances.

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Gostaria de agradecer a torcida de todos meus amigos e fãs, sair ovacionado do octógono me deixou muito feliz e me dá forças de lutar novamente, representei com garra o nosso país infelizmente à vitória não veio dessa vez, foi a melhor luta da noite do @bellatormma 206 com 42 anos ainda posso fazer mais algumas lutas, já estou pensando na próxima, quem poderia ser meu próximo adversário? Obrigado pela torcida meus irmãos!! #wanderleisilva #theaxemurderer

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