Silva, 36, has engaged in some epic wars through the years, and his crowd-pleasing style perhaps led to him taking more damage than other battle-tested veterans similar in age.
Silva and his opponent, Brian Stann, went toe-to-toe and fist-for-fist in a brutal nine-minute display of violence, the Brazilian eventually knocking the American war hero out.
“Brian Stann is a tough opponent. He has a strong punch,” said Silva at the UFC on Fuel TV 8 post-fight press conference. “I hit him and he hit me, and I felt out a little bit in that moment, but this is the kind of fight I like to do. He's a strong guy, a warrior; he came to fight, no going away, no run around. He's there to do the job.”
Silva said he's not quite ready to hang up the gloves, after notching another impressive performance.
“I fight one fight at a time right now,” Silva stated. “I feel healthy, but I know sooner or later I'm gonna need to stop the job, but I'm happy for getting this feeling, this energy from my fans, make the show for my fans, make my fans happy.”
Silva says he's open to coming back to Japan for another UFC fight.
“I'm so glad the UFC gave me the opportunity for me to fight one last time in Brazil and fighting here,” Silva said following UFC on Fuel TV 8. “If UFC gives me the opportunity to come back here, I'm happy to fight in Japan again. I have the best moments of my life here and today is one more.”
There's many things that make Wanderlei Silva more epic than any other fighter, one of which being his super-cool head tattoo.
Much like former WWF great Bam Bam Bigelow, Silva intimidates opponents with an awesome tribal tattoo that slinks around the back of his head.
Hopefully MMA fans will have the chance to see Silva back in action at least once more before he hangs up the gloves for good.