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Interesting article about Wanderlei Silva - https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Wanderlei-Silva-Says-He-Suffers-from-Multiple-Concussion-Symptoms-Has-No-Plans-to-Retire-149345

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After 51 professional fights, Wanderlei Silva is feeling the effects of a career filled with slugfests in the cage and ring. In an interview with Brazilian outlet PVT, “The Axe Murderer” revealed that he is suffering from multiple concussion-like symptoms. Silva’s combat sports career spans 29 years overall, and his pro MMA tenure began in 1996. “I was in a lecture about concussion and of the 10 symptoms the guy mentioned, I had eight,” Silva said (translation via MMAFighting.com). “The symptoms would be, for example, mood swings, getting angry very fast, forgetting some things, having difficulty sleeping.”

The former UFC and Pride Fighting Championships star has squared off with some of the sports biggest names over the years, including the likes of Mirko Filipovic, Quinton Jackson, Chuck Liddell, Mark Hunt, Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisping and Tito Ortiz, to name a few. While seven of Silva’s 14 career losses have come via KO or TKO, he’s also absorbed plenty of damage in hard sparring sessions especially early in his career.

“I, for example, believed that the the more you got punched, the more you could take it. And it’s the opposite: the more you get, the less you can take in a fight,” Silva said. “If I could leave a tip for the young guys, it would be don’t hit yourselves every day. If you have a young student, don’t let him take too many punches to the head. There’s the right moment to do a hard training, but it can’t be every day. A good coach takes care of your student.”

Now 42, Silva still doesn’t plan on calling it a career. He last competed at Bellator 206 this past September, when he suffered a TKO defeat to Jackson in a trilogy bout. The Brazilian veteran is targeting a rematch with Belfort, should “The Phenom” sign with Bellator. I can fight him twice if he wants, no problem at all,” Silva said. “I’m fine, I’m healthy, I’m training, and at this point of [our] careers would be great for everyone. … I can’t end my career without this fight.”

Silva said that he wants to donate his brain to concussion research after he dies. I thought a lot about it and even tried to contact people to make this donation,” Silva said. “I have the most interested in donating, since I won’t be using it anyway [laughs]. This area is very important.”

He's mental. An absolute lunatic. 

And remember this guy's prime was 2001-2005. The wars were starting to catch up with him 15 years ago. 


 

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Thing is, it's all fun and games until someone like him either kills himself, or even worse, someone else. Then it'll become a serious topic.

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He should really stop. Dan Severn had the best approach to sustaining a long career in fighting: if you're getting hit in the face, bugger it. Live to fight another day, screw being entertaining. 

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1 hour ago, jimufctna24 said:

Interesting article about Wanderlei Silva -  https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Wanderlei-Silva-Says-He-Suffers-from-Multiple-Concussion-Symptoms-Has-No-Plans-to-Retire-149345

He's mental. An absolute lunatic. 

And remember this guy's prime was 2001-2005. The wars were starting to catch up with him 15 years ago. 


 

I was reading that article early this morning. After the first paragraph I thought to myself 'right, Wanderlei is going to see sense here and retire now after getting this wake up call'. I get to the end of the article and he's talking about fighting Vitor twice more! The man needs an intervention. 

Unfortunately I would guess that he won't be the only Chute Boxe fighter from that era that will have this to look forward to in their late 40's and 50's. It would kind of be a miracle if even half of these older fighters that sparred hard almost every day of the week, didn't end up with serious brain injuries. 

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Tom Watson is out of retirement has signed with Cage Warriors, always had time for Kong.

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So erm...

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Now, as much as I disagree with the UFC’s fascination with constant interim titles, in this case at lightweight I kind of agree that an interim belt might be warranted. There’s been talk recently that despite Khabib being eligible to return in April, he might sit out until his teammates who were suspended are back as well, out of loyalty or whatever. So if Khabib’s sitting on the bench until October or whenever, this is one of the rare cases where an interim title makes sense. OK, I’m fine with that.

BUT...McGregor and Cowboy? For 1) Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone doesn’t need an interim title. That’s a fight you could put on top of a PPV with no bells and whistles and it’ll sell. And 2) if there was going to be an interim title fight it should’ve been Tony Ferguson vs Dustin Poirier. End of.

Ferguson’s on an 11 fight streak with 8 of those finishes, in the toughest division in the sport. He’s beat Anthony Pettis, Kevin Lee, Rafael Dos Anjos and Edson Barboza. He already won the fucking interim title well over a year ago so shouldn’t really have to again but if Khabib were to sit out all year and Ferguson wanted to stay active, nobody should be jumping over him in the interim queue.

Poirier’s unbeaten in his last 5. And in his last 3 fights he stopped Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje and Anthony Pettis. He beat those 3 in just a 9 month span as well, which is crazy. And they were all FOTN wars, the Gaethje fight was FOTY. 

We’re going to pass these two over for a Conor McGregor who hasn’t won a fight in over 2 years, has barely even fought in MMA in 2 years, and got dominated and tapped out by Khabib in October. And Cerrone, who I love and he’s on a great run, but he’s won ONE fight since being back at lightweight. 

I get all the business shit but this is bollocks. If the landscape of the division was different and all the top contenders were coming off losses or injured or whatever, fine. I’d be cool with this. But not only do they have a way more deserving challenger, they have TWO. 

If I had my way we’d be getting these fights at 155 over the next 6 months or so;

- Khabib vs Ferguson for the title next, with Poirier as the backup when one of them inevitably drops out again.

- McGregor vs Cerrone. Not for an interim title. I’d either have it main event a PPV on its own or stick it as co-main to a title fight. 

- Aldo vs Pettis. I’d do something else with Wonderboy. Aldo vs Pettis is the one. 

- Poirier vs Iaquinta. If Khabib vs Ferguson goes ahead and Poirier isn’t needed in that mix, this is the fight I’d make if possible. 

- Gaethje vs Barboza. This is obviously already happening. 

And maybe Kevin Lee vs Gregor Gillespie as Gillespie’s first big step up. 

But I’m guessing we’ll get Khabib being inactive most of the year. As a result, Ferguson sits out most of the year. McGregor vs Cerrone for the interim strap. If McGregor wins he leapfrogs Ferguson and gets the Khabib rematch, which is bullshit. If Cowboy wins they go with another try at Khabib vs Ferguson. Meanwhile Poirier gets left out again and has to keep taking on killers to try to stay relevant. He’ll probably lose and never end up getting his shot, or he’ll get there eventually but he’ll be so beaten down from all the wars that he’ll be a spent force when he finally gets the shot. 

Or McGregor gets done for rape or selling crack or whatever he’s up to this month and none of the above happens. 

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A friend of mine recently sent me this video of "Sugar" Sean O'Malley. I'd heard of him, but never seen him. Love this guy's breakdown of his style. I love this type of fighter - the guy compares him very appropriately to Jon Jones, but the first thing he put me in mind of was as an MMA equivalent of Tommy Hearns, of whom I'm a fan. Lanky frame with intelligent use of distance and reach, powerful, sniping shots, and fluid, elusive movement. I'm interested to see how he does, and I think @UK Kat Von D would probably like to see his progress too.

 

EDIT: Aw, dang. Just read he got flagged for doping and banned for six months. That's genuinely disappointing.

 

 

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Had no idea about that! I thought he was out injured. That's a real disappointment.

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O'Malleys great fun. As with any fighter that has a bit of a gimmick he divides opinion but he was causing a bit of a stir before his ban.

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Banned for using Ostarine, which provides benefits not unlike those of anabolic steroids apparently, such as increasing physical strength, fitness and stamina. Claimed it came from a tainted supplement.

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Said Nurmagomedov was on about fighting O’Malley after his fight on the Fortaleza show the other week. I’d be well up for that. 

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Gastelum vs Adesanya is pencilled in for UFC 236 on April 13th. An interim title will be on the line. 

Dana has also stated that a date and an opponent is set for DC's return. Dana has confirmed that Ngannou won't be the opponent. So I presume it's either Brock or Jones.

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