Anderson Silva Will Not Retire Following UFC Release
Anderson Silva will not hang up his gloves just yet.
Silva is considered to be one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. He once ruled the middleweight division and held the record for most successful consecutive title defenses in UFC history before Demetrious Johnson broke the record. At the age of 45 and having gone 1-7, 1 NC in his last nine outings, the UFC felt it was time to let “The Spider” go.
Taking to his Instagram account, Silva revealed that he will not be walking away from MMA competition following his release from the UFC.
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“Hey everyone… I didn’t want to talk about this subject, especially because I’m on vacation and as the saying goes, ‘a deal is a deal.’ I’ll make it clear to all my fans that this is a moment of joy and gratitude!!!
I feel free, after an attempt to force my retirement!
“I love and have always loved what I do, winning and losing are a part of it, it has absolutely nothing to do with age, I made technical mistakes and lost, but I didn’t lose what’s most important, the will and the desire to continue doing what I love, I still have the warrior spirit and that burning flame in my heart that motivates me, I have total belief that I can continue to compete in the elite of MMA. I take this moment to reflect about my career and to plan my next moves… Stay Tuned!!!”
Silva had a record of 33-4 before being defeated by Chris Weidman back in July 2013. His record now sits at 34-11, 1 NC. In his last outing, Silva was stopped by Uriah Hall in the fourth round via TKO. “The Spider” hasn’t won a fight since February 2017.