One of These Things is Not Like the Other…

Done. Finished. Taken too much punishment. Old. Should retire.

So who am I describing?

Before Saturday’s UFC 132, I could have been describing Tito Ortiz. Do you think that now, after his knockout and guillotine choke of Ryan Bader? After Saturday, I could easily be describing Wanderlei Silva. (Both times I’d be describing Jens Pulver)

I’m reading around the ‘net where people are calling for Wanderlei to retire. I can’t help but wonder if those same blogs weren’t already written before Saturday night’s event and ready to publish, except with Tito’s name in there. A quick “find and replace” and you’ve still got a valid article, just with Silva’s name instead of Tito’s.

Going into the event it was widely speculated, including by this author, that Wanderlei’s body had taken too much trauma, that he had been in too many wars in the ring, but that he was finding his way back after a layoff and weight class change, and that one well-placed shot could change his fate… but he didn’t make that shot, as well all know.

Tito, however, did.

So now we get a career path for Tito and retirement for Wanderlei. If those had been reversed, we’d see Tito out of the UFC. Would he have continued? He certainly has a chip on his shoulder and believes he can fight at a high level. Maybe the MFC would nab him. They just signed a five-year deal with HD-Net to show their events in the US, and seem like they’re taking an aggressive approach to getting their brand out…

Is that what we’ll expect of Wanderlei? Unlike Tito, who’s only major promotion has been the UFC, Wanderlei has fought for a few. Maybe he’ll go to Japan and fight there? He’s still very marketable. I can see Tito going to Japan to cash in… I mean, fight after his UFC days are behind him…

So who should Tito fight next? What’s Wanderlei going to do?

I have an idea…

 

Ortiz vs. Silva II?