So I'm fairly new to mixed martial arts, or at least I used to be. I didn't become a fan until the first Ultimate Fighter and I didn't start following MMA outside of the UFC until EliteXC and Strikeforce started making waves. I missed out on seeing Pride during its peak, which means I missed seeing Wanderlei in his prime. Still, I've been a big fan since his return to the UFC in 2007 and have enjoyed his past fights on the 'Best of Pride' and Youtube. I guess I'm no longer a total newbie to the sport, but it still feels like it.
Last night's fight was amazing. It was a thing of beauty and it probably took a few years off of my life. At first I got scared when Silva started trading shots with Stann, but the fear was soon replaced with... I don't know, a mix of fear and elation? I was yelling and clapping during those exchanges, went silent when his knees buckled or he staggered, and then resumed my spaz-attack when he recovered. Maybe I'm still high on the victory, but watching Silva get the TKO win felt better than the first time I had sex.
That being said, I'd like to see Silva retire and walk away on a high note. I usually hate it when fans call for a fighter to retire, but I never said that I wasn't a hypocrite. I don't think he NEEDS to retire or that he's 'outstaying his welcome.' He's still a dangerous fighter and as last night showed, he can still have great fights... but I'd like to see him hang 'em up for my own selfish reasons. I'm not saying that he got lucky with this win or that he's going to start a string of violent KO losses. I just think this would be a great point to call it a day. Last night's fight would be a great way to end a legendary career; a fight that represents the type of fighter he is and the career he's had. I'd be more than happy if he continued to fight and continued to win, but I don't think my heart could take many more fights like last night's war.
Wow, after reading what I just typed, I realized that I'd like to see Silva retire because I'm a giant wuss.