“With a heavy heart I come here today to declare: I am stepping down from the ring,” he said via video. “After today,Wanderlei Silva will not fight again. My career is over. Because I don’t have the stage to perform where the athletes get the proper respect. For these reasons, I have had enough.”
“They tried to turn my fans against me. My fans, who have followed me for 20 years. Much before this event existed I was already fighting bare knuckle in Brazil. I fought bare knuckle and I helped to build this sport.
“Everything you see today, I helped build with my sweat and my blood. And now these guys come around and try to tell us what we are and what we are not.”
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