Anderson Silva Wants to Keep Fighting, Claims UFC Tried to “Force” Retirement
By FCF Staff
Following the news that Anderson Silva has been released by the UFC, the legendary, former middleweight champ is reporting he wants to keep fighting.
The 45-year-old star is coming off a fourth-round, stoppage loss to Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 12 last month. When the fight was initially announced, UFC President Dana White said he thought it would be Silva’s last.
Leading up to the event, the UFC promoted the fight as Silva’s farewell bout. But, Silva himself, only said the fight was going to be his last UFC appearance and not necessarily his final bout.
More recently, the Brazilian fighter shared out this statement.
I didn’t want to talk about this subject, especially because I’m on vacation and as the saying goes, “a deal is a deal”
I’ll make it clear to all my fans that this is a moment of joy and gratitude!!!
I feel free, after an attempt to force my retirement!
I love and have always loved what I do, winning and losing are a part of it, it has absolutely nothing to do with age, I made technical mistakes and lost, but I didn’t lose what’s most important, the will and the desire to continue doing what I love, I still have the warrior spirit and that burning flame in my heart that motivates me, I have total belief that I can continue to compete in the elite of MMA.
I take this moment to reflect about my career and to plan my next moves… Stay Tuned!!!
The loss to Hall dropped Silva’s overall record to 34-11. The decorated fighter has recorded just one, official win since 2012.