One of the greatest fighters of all time has been released by the UFC. Per MMA Fighting, Anderson Silva and the promotion that made him a star have parted ways. Silva is said to be undecided about retirement.
A few weeks ago at UFC Vegas 12, Silva took on Uriah Hall in the main event of the evening. To the surprise of many, Silva looked very good in the first couple of rounds. Many thought Silva was winning the fight going into the third.
However, the third round is where things drastically turned for the former UFC champion. Silva rushed forward recklessly and got clipped with a right hand on the temple that sent him crashing to the floor. However, Silva was saved by the bell in the third round.
In the fourth round, Silva again rushed forward in a sloppy manner which got himself dropped. Hall followed up with a few shots and the fight was over for the former UFC champion. Dana White said after the fight that he shouldn’t have let the fight happen.
Silva is not your average 45 year old. The Spider was definitely holding his own early on in the fight. However, his lack of quickness in dodging shots did him in. His defensive skills were key in him becoming the longest reigning champion in UFC history.
What’s after the UFC for Silva?
Today’s report said that Silva is still undecided on what he’s going to do. Right after the Hall loss, the former UFC champion said on Instagram that he was saying goodbye to the sport. However, his tune might have changed.
White was adamant that Silva would never fight in the UFC again after that fight. There would have been no reason for the promotion to release Silva unless he’s seriously considering competing again in some form of combat.
Time will tell what the Spider decides to do. Anderson Silva was one of the reasons I fell in love with the sport of MMA. As a fan, I really hope that he decides to hang it up for good. There’s nothing left for him to prove at this point. He’s still one of the best to ever do it.