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Wanderlei Silva: Bout With Rich Franklin 'Will Show Whether I Can Still Fight'

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People keep asking Wanderlei Silva how many more fights he has left in him. As if he knows. As if his body and his career are like a cell phone battery, buzzing every so often to let him know he’s down to the final 20 percent, then the final ten.

"I feel good," he told MMA Fighting in a phone interview. "I train good. I go with the young guys I have here. I feel very good, but I train for one fight at a time. For how long? I don’t know, but the performance is going to tell. That will show whether I can still fight or not."

Maybe it’s fitting that he should be facing Franklin, who keeps giving the same answer to the same question. It’s not as if a win will vault either into immediate title contention. It’s also not as it either of them needs another title in order to consider his career a success. They could both quit whenever they want to and walk away with their heads held high. But then, neither of them wants to. They’re still having too much fun.

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Post #1   6/19/12 7:14:57PM   

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I think his lose to Leben showed he didn't have much left, this will probably be his swan song

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Post #2   6/19/12 8:06:15PM   

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Haha - - Ohhh Vanderlay - - The Math Teacher from Ohio will prove that you CAN'T.

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Post #3   6/19/12 8:10:19PM   

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Got wandy by ko surprisingly

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Posted by Chael_Sonnen

Haha - - Ohhh Vanderlay - - The Math Teacher from Ohio will prove that you CAN'T.

What about an english teacher?

Post #5   6/20/12 12:25:37AM   

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My only question with Wand is if the chin is going to hold out....so far I pick against him with heavy hitters (Rampage/Leben/etc...)to Franklin isn't quite there but he is a squared away striker. If Franklin picks him apart and he fails to pull the trigger then it's time to han em up.

Post #6   6/20/12 12:27:25AM   

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I really have no interest in this rematch.
But yet I just gave my 50 bucks to my cable provider today for the ppv

I am a sucker for Ufc fights

Post #7   6/20/12 12:38:49AM   

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The fight with Cung Le showed that he can still fight.

Post #8   6/20/12 9:30:37AM   

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Posted by prozacnation1978

I really have no interest in this rematch.
But yet I just gave my 50 bucks to my cable provider today for the ppv

I am a sucker for Ufc fights


I'm telling myself that I don't care and won't pay...but a few beers later I'll be making it rain PPV buys.

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Post #9   6/20/12 10:14:02AM