One Of The Greatest Of All Time Is Hanging Up The Gloves
Anderson Silva stated in a recent interview with MMAJunkie that after 23 years in the MMA game he’s retiring after his next fight. The Spider is schedule to fight Uriah Hall on October 31st at UFC on ESPN+ 39.
This is the last fight. For sure, this is the last fight. Probably. I love the sport. I’ve prepared my mind for this. I’ve prepared for fight my entire life, but yes, this is my last fight in UFC. I think I’ll miss the training the most. Silva Preparing my mind, preparing my body. This I think is most important and I feel sad because I don’t have this anymore. This is the last one.”
Anderson Silva on MMAJunkie
Remembering Anderson Silva’s Best Moments Inside The Octagon
When it comes to unorthodox movement and speed you have to talk about Anderson The Spider Silva. Silva olds the record for longest title reign in UFC history at 2,457 days. Silva was undefeated from 2006 – 2013 and during that time won 16 consecutive bouts. 11 of those bouts were title defense fights. Anderson defeated notable fighters Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, Vitor Belfort, , and Demian Maia during his undefeated streak. Oh and he beat Rich Franklin and Chael Sonnen twice. You can’t deny that Silva is one of the best ever, and it’s going to be tough watching him fight one last time on October 31st.
One of my favorite Spider moments was his fight against Forrest Griffin. It only took one round to show that Spider Silva was too much for the Ultimate Fighter Season 1 winner. The way he not only beat Griffin, but outclassed him in every aspect of the fight proved Spider is a legend. It’s hilarious to hear Forrest recap what it was like fighting Anderson Silva.
I would’ve loved to have seen Silva vs Hall when both were in their prime, but any Anderson Silva fight is worth watching. The Spider will face Hall on Halloween at the UFC Apex and you can watch the fight card on ESPN+.