Wanderlei Silva is known as one of the most violent and tenacious fighters to ever compete in MMA, but according to "The Axe Murderer", ,some of the fighters he watched compete at this past weekend’s Rizin 2016 Openweight Grand Prix Opening Round event were too scared to fight each other.
Silva spoke at the post-event press conference and didn't mince words regarding some of the fighters who stepped into the ring that night.
"Some of you fought well yesterday, but some of you young fighters disappointed me," Silva said. "You embarrassed me. Fighters scared to go into each other, two or three minutes without action. This is not the UFC. The only thing that can bring you back to this promotion is a good performance, not a win. There’s no place for fearful fighters here. You come to fight or you stay at home. I hope you perform better way in December or you’re not coming back anymore."
Silva will face Mirko Cro Cop later this year, and talked about what he wants to show other fighters.
"I gave my blood in that ring so you could have what you’re having here," Silva said. "Mirko and I will show in December how an epic fight is done, how two gladiators put on a real fight, not two scared fighters in the ring. You embarrassed me yesterday. I hope you come back better in December, or don’t come back at all."
Sean Ross Sapp and Rizin play-by-play commentator Showdown Joe will talk about the show this Wednesday on the Fightful Podcast.