Silva Experiencing Concussion-Like Symptoms
Wanderlei Silva has traded with some of the best strikers MMA has to offer and competed in some of the sport’s greatest bouts and rivalries. But after a 51-fight career, the toll may be finally taking in.
In an interview with Brazilian website PVT, Silva said after 29 years of competing in martial arts, he is beginning to experience concussion-like symptoms. He’s also made the decision to donate his brain to research after death.
“I was in a lecture about concussion and of the 10 symptoms the guy mentioned, I had eight,” Silva said. “The symptoms would be, for example, mood swings, getting angry very fast, forgetting some things, having difficulty sleeping.”
“I thought a lot about it and even tried to contact people to make this donation. I have the most interested in donating, since I won’t be using it anyway [laughs]. This area is very important.”
Silva, who is currently 0-2 in Bellator, currently trains hard once a week at Evolucao Thai in Brazil. But back when he was a champion in PRIDE, and there wasn’t much information and knowledge on brain injuries, he trained on a more frequent basis.
Half of Silva’s 14 career losses have come by KO/TKO.
“I, for example, believed that the the more you got punched, the more you could take it. And it’s the opposite: the more you get, the less you can take in a fight,” Silva said. “If I could leave a tip for the young guys, it would be don’t hit yourselves every day. If you have a young student, don’t let him take too many punches to the head. There’s the right moment to do a hard training, but it can’t be every day. A good coach takes care of your student.”
Despite these symptoms, Silva says he doesn’t plan on retiring soon. He added that he is a volunteer in an experiment from a Canadian company, taking a vitamin product called “brain armour” to help his brain before training sessions and fights.
Original Story: MMA Fighting