Anderson Silva, perhaps one of the greatest fighters ever to set foot in to octagon has just been released by the UFC, both the promotion and Silva’s team confirmed on Thursday.
Silva’s last bout resulted in a TKO early in the fourth round and was to be Silva’s swan song, Dana White expressed his regret over allowing Silva to compete that night and doesn’t believe The Spider should compete ever again.
“I made a big mistake,” said White “I shouldn’t have let him fight this fight tonight.”
However Silva does not seem entirely sold on retiring, The Spider is free to compete in any other MMA or combat sport promotion he chooses
“First, I go back home and go see with my team and everything, Let’s see, because it’s tough to say it’s my last [fight] or not. This is my air. This is what I do for my entire life and with my heart. Let’s go see.”
Silva has struggled to keep up with the some of the younger fighters of today, only picking up one victory in the last six years, and has also tested positive to performance-enhancing drugs twice, however he was cleared of the most recent in 2017.
Silva held the UFC middleweight championship from 2006 to 2013, The Spider also set many UFC records, for the longest title reign (2,457), longest winning streak (16), title fight finishes (9) and knockdowns (18).
Bellator MMA president Scott Coker was asked if he had any interest in signing the former UFC Middleweight champion.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Anderson Silva, one of my favourite fighters and one of the greatest of all time, but I’m happy with our roster and the direction Bellator is heading.”Scott Coker.
For the moment, Silva is unsigned, it is unknown whether or not he will be signed by another organization or if he will finally lay down his gloves and put his career behind him.