Anderson “The Spider” Silva may not be done yet. At 45 years of age, the former middleweight champion is still not sure whether his next fight against Uriah Hall will be his last. Quoted to be Silva’s retirement fight, Uriah Hall will take on the former champion in a five-round main-event inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Silva appeared alongside ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani and confirmed that it would be his last fight inside the UFC Octagon. Anderson stated that he would respect the contract he has signed with the UFC and hinted at possibly fighting outside of the promotion.
“Probably this is my last fight in UFC, probably. But let’s go see. Maybe. This is the last fight, something’s changed. Let’s go see the result. I am very focused right now. After this fight, let’s see the future, you know,” Silva said.
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Many UFC fans believe that Anderson should have retired after the horrific injury he suffered against Chris Weidman back in December 2013. However, Anderson continued to compete inside the Octagon against the absolute best that the division had to offer. Since then, Anderson has fought the likes of Daniel Cormier, Nick Diaz, and Israel Adesanya.
Anderson Silva hints at possibly fighting outside of the UFC
Anderson Silva still has two fights left in his UFC contract. However, Silva stated that his decision to step inside the Octagon after Oct.31 will depend on the outcome of his fight against Uriah Hall.
“We will see. Something’s changed, but this is my last fight for UFC, probably. But a special answer for Dana. You know it’s tough. Talking about this is the last or not. But yes, possibly in the UFC, this is the last fight. I have my contract, I signed, and I do my best.”
Silva added, “This is the last fight in UFC of course. I go to fight in another venue, I don’t know. But right now, this is my last fight.”
Earlier, Anderson Silva had stated that UFC doesn’t feel like family under Dana White. Seems like the drift could be a reason Anderson might not fulfill his current contract. He also hinted at making an appearance outside of the UFC.
Needless to say, Anderson Silva will go down as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Having ruled the middleweight division for almost a decade, it’s safe to say that if Anderson retires this Sunday, he will leave a legacy behind him which will be talked about for years to come.
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