Trainer: Guys like Wanderlei Silva can’t retire, he’s still a ‘kid’ who is ‘hungry’ for fights…and bonuses

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

According to trainer Rafael Cordeiro, Wanderlei Silva doesn’t have any reason to walk away from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) because he’s made a habit of racking up bonus checks night in and night out. And that’s something that is hard for a “hungry kid” like Silva to walk away from.

Wanderlei Silva retire? Pffft.

"The Axe Murderer," who has been cracking heads (and vice versa) in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) since 1996, won't be walking away from the fight game any time soon.

At least, not according to one of his trainers, Rafael Cordeiro.

The former leader of the infamous Chute Boxe camp says despite the fact that his student is climbing the age ladder at 36 years-old, he is still a "kid" that is "hungry" for fights.

Couple that with the fact that Silva has been getting "Fight Night" bonuses left and right, and the former PRIDE FC middleweight champion has plenty of reason to stick around the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene.

His words to Rick J. Lee:

"I think his last fight, Wanderlei proved back in Japan, he fought in his area. He put his samurai spirit inside and he proved. Wanderlei has 36 years, but he is still like a kid. He is still like a kid that is hungry for fights and proved it by beating Brian Stann in a stand up fight, a muay thai fight. A lot of people say, ‘Wanderlei, he needs to retire.' But, it's hard for the guy to retire if he fights and he won bonus for the best fight of the night and the best knockout of the night. Guys like Wanderlei can't stop fighting because people say to Wanderlei he needs to retire and he say, "I fought that last guy, and the guys give me the bonus of fight of the night! Why I will retire?' So, Wanderlei proved he is still hungry for fights and never stop training."

Silva double dipped in "Fight Night" bonuses in his last outing against Brian Stann at UFC on FUEL TV 8, knocking out "All American" in impressive fashion which earned him "Knockout of the Night" as well as nabbed some extra coin for both light heavyweights thanks to their "Fight of the Night" performance.

As predicted.

The bonuses marked numbers four and five for Wanderlei in his last six outings.

Thanks to the win, Silva also proved he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. He is ready to prove naysayers wrong one more time as he eyes a potential clash against former two-time No. 1 middleweight contender Chael Sonnen.

Should the bout become a reality, Cordeiro, much like Silva, doesn't see the bout ending good for "The American Gangster," predicting a first round knockout for the heavy-handed Brazilian.

"If he fights against Chael Sonnen, I think the fight don't pass first round. He's going to knock him out for sure. Chael Sonnen don't have power hands. If he tries to exchange with Wanderlei, Wanderlei will knock him out. We wish for this fight because Chael knows to promote. He is the best guy to promote fights in the world, but he talks about wrong people. He talks about Brazilians. I think you need to know the way to promote the fight. He promotes the wrong way. He talks about the kids and all things in Brazil. So, now it's time, maybe he fight against another Brazilian and inside the Octagon were going to resolve the problem."

Silva is 3-2 in his last five fights and while he won't be contending for a world title any time soon, "The Axe Murderer" is still eager and hungry for fights against the toughest of competition.

And thanks to his aggressive style, as long as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) keeps dishing out extra cash for thrilling performances, the Brazilian brawler has all the incentive to stick around the fight game.

Especially if he keeps winning fights.

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