Wanderlei Silva releases a statement following loss to Chael Sonnen
Mixed martial arts legend Wanderlei Silva returned to the cage for the first time in four years last night at Madison Square Garden where he took on bitter rival Chael Sonnen in the evenings main event.
Unfortunately for fans of “The Axe Murderer”, Sonnen was able to utilize his strong wrestling skills to keep Wanderlei on his back for the better majority of fifteen minutes.
After three rounds of action, Chael was awarded the unanimous decision victory from the judges in attenedance.
With that said, Wanderlei Silva did find some success during his fight with Sonnen. The Brazilian slugger knocked Chael down in the opening round after landing a knee – punch combination.
Wanderlei Silva issued a statement on Instagram shortly following the defeat, which was translated by the folks over at MMAFighting.
“Fought a good fight, gave my best, and appreciate everyone’s support. I have to train more takedown defense, I know. The best moment of the fight was mine, he just kept grabbing me, but it’s ok… on to the next one! I’m happy to be back and feel the taste of entering the ring, and even better to feel that you are with me! I’ll train more jiu-jitsu and wrestling and come back as soon as possible! On to the next one! Listening our national anthem was emotional for me. Love you, Brazil.”
Combati o bom combate, dei o meu melhor, agradeço a torcida de todos, tenho que treinar mais defesa de quedas, eu sei, o melhor momento da luta foi meu, só ficou me agarrando, mais tudo bem… Vamos pra próxima!! Estou feliz em voltar a sentir o gosto de entrar no ringue, e melhor ainda sentir que vcs estão comigo! Vou treinar mais Jiu e Wretling e voltar o quanto antes! Vamos pra próxima! Ouvir nosso hino foi emocionante pra mim! Te amo Brasil! 🇧🇷 #WarWand
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