MMA legend Wanderlei Silva, best known for his day as the fearsome knockout artist in PRIDE has called it a career. Silva released a Youtube video to announce his retirement and air out is grievances with his current employer the UFC. Silva was never able to reach the same level of success that he enjoyed in Japan and his last few months have saw him mired in controversy surrounding his lack of cooperation with a drug test for the NSAC.
Never the less Silva was one of the most exciting fighters to ever enter the ring or cage and still remained one of the most popular fighters on the UFC roster. He was one of the men who helped pave the way for the sport from his bare knuckle brawls in Brazil to its current mainstream success.
Silva retires with a 35-12-1 record.