For longtime fans of Mixed Martial Arts this past Saturday night was special for reasons beyond the incredible main event. While there’s little question Dan Henderson’s dance with Mauricio Rua was as good a fight as the last few years have produced, it was the bout preceding the headliner bringing true satisfaction for many after Wanderlei Silva came away with a convincing win over Cung Le in a match-up almost certainly marking his last inside the Octagon had it gone differently.

UFC cameras caught up with an emotional Silva shortly after his victory at UFC 139 where “The Axe Murderer” discussed his performance, reflected on how much the win meant to him, and expressed heartfelt appreciation for the love his fans had shown him throughout his career.

“I want to thank the support that all you guys gave me. I have no words to thank you. All you guys stood by me in defeat and now stand by me in victory. I have only to thank you all. I’m very happy to be able to bring happiness to my fans. And the message is no matter how much people say you can’t do it and that you are old and done you have to keep believing,” said Silva while wiping a tear away from his eye. “The message is believe in your dreams, work hard, and pray. And the result will come.”

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