Rizin interested in signing Anderson Silva

UFC, Anderson Silva

Rizin is interested in bringing in one of the greatest of all time. Back in October, Anderson Silva (34-11, 1 NC), made the walk for the final time in the UFC. The former middleweight champion took on Uriah Hall.

Early on in the fight, the 45 year old looked solid. In fact, I was very impressed with the way Silva’s striking looked against the younger Hall. However, in the middle rounds, his age and declining reflexes started to show.

Near the end of the third round, Silva was caught flush with a shot that wouldn’t have touched him years ago. Hall nearly finished the fight in the third, but he did go on to finish Silva in the fourth round.

It was the seventh loss in the last nine fights for Anderson Silva. Afterwards, Dana White said that he shouldn’t have made the fight. Silva initially said he would retire afterwards, however, he changed his tune and the UFC released him at his wish. 

All of the major MMA promotions based in the US including Bellator and PFL said they weren’t interested. One Championship also said they were not interested in bringing in the legend, however, Rizin is singing a different tune.

Silva to Rizin?

Rizin‘s head man, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, had this to say about The Spider: “I do feel that I would like to help him fulfill his wishes out of respect for what he has accomplished and what he has done for our sport.”

Sakakibara continued saying, “I would be interested to see if we can come up with something that makes sense for him to start his final chapter in Japan.” Rizin seems to be the only promotion that is willing to give the former world champion a chance.

If Silva were to come to terms with Rizin, his career would come full circle. While certainly Silva became a superstar once he was with the UFC, he really cut his MMA teeth with Pride in Japan. A return to Rizin would return him to where his fighting really started.

At this time, there’s no word on how close Silva and Rizin are to a potential deal. However, given the fact that Silva is very interested in continuing and they seem to be the one major player, I think something could come together quickly.

The UFC has released Anderson Silva (Report)

UFC, Anderson Silva

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.

Anderson Silva’s legacy after UFC Vegas 12

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 12, one of the greatest of all time said goodbye. Anderson Silva (34-11, 1 NC) headlined his final card opposite Uriah Hall (16-9) on Saturday night. The fight actually started out well for The Spider.

Silva didn’t appear to look like a fighter who was 45 years old early on. The former UFC middleweight champion actually took the first round and arguably the second round of the fight. He was aggressive and his striking looked pretty good.

He was on his way to winning the third round as well when he got caught with a glancing right to the temple. Silva went crashing to the mat and Hall almost finished the former UFC champion. However, Silva was saved by the bell.

In the fourth frame, Silva appeared to have his legs under him. However, he charged in recklessly and was caught with another shot that put him down. Hall followed up with a few shots and the referee stepped in calling a stop to the action in the fourth round.

It was a surreal scene inside the octagon. Hall was overcome with emotion as he just defeated one of his heroes. While Silva sat in the middle of the octagon seemingly reminiscing of everything he’s been through inside the cage and with the UFC.

One of the UFC’s GOATs

To me, you cannot have a conversation about the greatest to have ever competed inside the UFC without including Silva. His run in the middleweight division from 2006 to 2013 was unreal. Silva looked like a combination of Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee when he fought.

The soft spoken champion turned into a killer once the doors locked. With sniper like precision, Silva defended his UFC middleweight championship 12 times if you count the Travis Lutter fight. That fight wasn’t technically for the title since Lutter missed weight.

Only Jon Jones, Demetrious Johnson, and Georges St. Pierre have had runs like that inside the UFC. Once Silva lost to Chris Weidman when he was 38 years old, he was never the same again. Silva got an immediate rematch, but he broke his leg viciously in the second round at UFC 168.

Silva has hung on and competed for the last seven years, but he was never the same. He did have a PED scandal which tarnished some of his legacy. That along with all of the losses he’s racked up over the last seven years have changed the lenses when it came to the way people viewed Silva.

I will say this about he former UFC champion. When he was in his prime, he might’ve been the greatest of all time. I really believe that when you consider his overall game. I do not ultimately believe he is the greatest of all time, however, I definitely feel that his reign belongs in the conversation.