Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight smashing machine, Wanderlei Silva, who now competes for Bellator MMA, might know the first sign of concussions, but he definitely forgot the first rule of fight club.
It appears he’s not the only one.
Silva recently told the mixed martial arts (MMA) media that he’s suffering from the after effects of cage fighting, which is not surprising when you consider “The Axe Murderer” has been knocked out seven times in his illustrious career.
But his candor might jeopardize his chances of getting another license to compete.
“We’re going to have to make sure he’s neurologically fit to go,” California State Athletic Comission (CSAC) Executive Director Andy Foster told MMA Junkie. “If fighters say things like this in the press, we have to follow up. He’s welcome to fight here if he’s medically cleared.”
Good call ... but where was that follow-up back in 2016?
Foster and the commission came under fire last November for allowing former UFC light heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell, to compete against Tito Ortiz in a geriatric grudge match for Golden Boy MMA.
“The Iceman” was melted in round one for his fifth straight knockout loss.
There’s no telling when and where Silva plans to compete next, but if he can’t get a stateside license to fight, there’s a solid chance the Brazilian will return to Japan, where he spent the first half of his career busting heads.
Including his own.