Wanderlei Silva retires. How will you remember the Axe Murderer?
The historic and legendary career of Wanderlei ‘the Axe Murderer’ Silva has come to an end.
Silva announced his retirement through a video released today citing angst against the UFC.
“I am stepping down from the ring. After today, Wanderlei Silva will not fight again,” he said. “My career is over. Because I don’t have a stage to perform, where the athletes get the proper respect. For these reasons, I have had enough.
“They tried to turn my fans against me. My fans, who have followed me for 20 years, before this promotion even existed I was already fighting in Brazil. I have fought bare-knuckle and I helped building this sport. Everything you see today, I helped build with my sweat and blood.”
Silva, famous for his brutal fighting style and some of the most memorable fights in UFC and Pride Fighting Championship history retires with a 35-12 record with his last win, a KO over the now retired, Brian Stann.