by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Questions surrounding Wanderlei Silva’s fighting future and whether he should continue fighting have swirled in recent months, escalating following the Unanimous Decision loss to Rich Franklin in Cologne, Germany at UFC 99, but the former Pride champion made it clear at the post-fight press conference what he want to do. He wants a rematch with Franklin.
UFC president Dana White left the door open for Silva to decide if he wants to continue competing.
“Wanderlei Silva’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. He’s become a big part of our team. We care about this guy. He’s around all the time. He works out in the gym and we’d love to keep him around no matter what he decides to do,” said White. “It’s one of those things where we’ll get back to Vegas and we’ll call Wanderlei in, we’ll sit down and talk to him and see what he wants to do.”
Silva didn’t wait until they returned to Vegas to make his decision.
“Please, I want a rematch Dana (White). You’re the boss, but I want a rematch,” Silva pleaded to the UFC president. “I want to fight Rich Franklin again. Judges sometimes have an opinion, but I’m thinking I want to fight Rich Franklin again. I want a rematch.”
Silva, known for his aggressive style and highlight reel knockouts is one of the most popular and exciting mixed martial artists in the world, but losing five or his last six fights, three by brutal knockouts, has many wondering if the 32-year-old Brazilian should hang up his gloves. Silva is not one of them.