Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by MMA Junkie editor-in-chief and USA Today senior MMA editor Dann Stupp.
Following Wanderlei Silva's thrilling come-from-behind conquering of Brian Stann in Saitama, Japan, Breen and Stupp discuss the post-fight reaction, which largely centered on the Brazilian icon's eventual retirement. The two contemplate the widely-held beliefs about when and how prizefighters should retire, how it differs from other sports and what we've learned from the retirements of fighters ranging such as Chuck Liddell, Chris Lytle, Gary Goodridge, Jonathan Goulet and others.
Breen and Stupp also discuss the role promoters and athletic commissions do and could play in the twilight of fighters careers, whether fans and media calling for particular athletes to retire is justified or misled and how these perceptions may change in the coming years.
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The above file can be saved in MP3 format here.