Bisping Calls On Silva To Retire
After witnessing Anderson Silva stopped in the first round at UFC 237, fellow former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is calling for the “Spider” to walk away from MMA.
Silva has one once in his last eight trips inside the Octagon, continuing his losing ways after being stopped in the first round against Jared Cannonier after an inside leg kick that sent Silva down to the canvas clutching his knee.
Silva, the oldest active fighter on the UFC roster, would need to be carried out of the Jeunesse Arena in Rio, as the 44-year-old opted to go home instead of to an area hospital.
“Anderson Silva is a true legend of the sport – he’s given so much,” Bisping said on the UFC 237 post-fight show on ESPN+. “(He was) a longtime champion, but he’s 44 years old. A lot of people wondered, ‘Why is he still fighting?’ I think tonight, even though he looked OK, the fight obviously ended. He took a little inside leg kick and I think that he tore his ACL. I don’t think we’ll ever see Anderson Silva fight again. He certainly doesn’t need to.”
“Father Time has caught up (with him)…With the greatest of respect, Anderson Silva needs to retire. He’s already given so much to this sport. He doesn’t need to give any more. Enjoy retirement.”