Wanderlei Silva is in pain.
But it’s not the beating Chuck Liddell put on him at the Mandalay Bay Events Center exactly one week earlier that is hurting Silva on this chilly Southern Nevada Saturday night.
“Here,” Silva says, pounding his chest. “This is where it hurts"
“I’m happy everyone was happy and I helped give them a good show,” said Silva, who has lost three consecutive bouts. “I wish there was a way (to have won).“
A week after the rousing bout, he said he has more respect for Liddell than he ever did before.
“He’s good, very, very good,” Silva said. “People should realize how good, how strong Chuck is. I knew he was good, but he’s better than I thought. He’s big. These guys in the UFC, they’re all so big.“
As soon as Silva said that, though, he smiled. He anticipated the next question would be whether he’d consider a drop to middleweight, where the limit is 185 pounds and the fighters are much more his size.
But he quickly ruled that out.
“That’s way too much weight for me to lose,” Silva said. “I couldn’t do it.“LINK