Bellator MMA President Scott Coker is a fan of Wanderlei Silva, but when the former PRIDE champion announced he suffered from eight of 10 concussion-like symptoms, he’s not likely to put the “Axe Murderer” inside the Bellator Cage again.
“Our objective is fighter’s safety first,” Coker told MMA Fighting. “If he’s injured or has concussion issues, we’re not gonna put him in the cage again, it just doesn’t make sense. If Wanderlei does want to come back, he’s got to get a complete clearance from the Cleveland Clinic, we’ll send him there and make sure he’s alright.”
The California State Athletic Commission made similar claims this month, requiring Silva to undergo various brain tests before granting him a license.
“I’m a fan of Wanderlei Silva. What else can he do? He’s a legend,” Coker said. “He doesn’t need to fight anymore to keep his legacy going. He fights because he wants to fight. But if he has serious issues, then he should take care of that because that’s forever and that’s something we can’t support.”
Silva was last seen in-action at Bellator 206, where he was knocked out by Rampage Jackson.
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