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Fear of An Axe Murderer

There has been so much talk recently about what Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva have to lose in this match. We hear so constantly about what both men have already lost. While the obviousness of the point makes it impossible to ignore, it also obfuscates part of the larger picture. A part that needs acknowledgement.

At this juncture, we must remember what both men have actually contributed to the sport. The fact is there is more to the story than the decline of two of the sport's greats here. We must also remember what they've given us. We must remember how we have enjoyed ourselves as fans.

We must remember all of their epic performances. Performances of heroics, athleticism, and excitement. Performances such as Wanderlei Silva's two knockout wins over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, where, as fans, we witnessed arguably the most spectacular knockout finish of a professional mixed martial arts fight. This is the work of an all-time and it happened right in front of our faces. We are guilty of lionizing this fighter, but we do so for all the right reasons: the recognition was earned.

They - the fighters - have sought careers of their choosing and must accept whatever difficulties that life entails. But they have invited us to watch along the way. And that way has been paved with unparalleled excitement and entertainment and, well, fun.

So let's raise a glass to the Axe Murderer today. Let's toast his staredowns, his brawls, his stomps, his vicious soccer kicks, his in-ring theatrics, his frightening nickname, his unbridled aggression, his heavy hands, and his Brazilian pride. It's been a hell of a ride watching this fighter and I am excited about the new chapter that is to be written tonight.

All hail: Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva

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