Anderson Silva, a legend of mixed martial arts, is retiring.
The former middleweight champion, who captivated audiences in his prime with his brilliance, is set to meet Uriah Hall in Las Vegas next weekend, and after UFC president Dana White made the revelation it would be Silva’s last outing in the UFC, ‘The Spider’ himself has confirmed the news.
“This is the last fight,” Silva said, speaking to MMAJunkie. “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.”
While newer fans may not know the greatness Silva possessed in his run as 185-pound champion, which saw him defend the title ten times. Perhaps more impressively than that were his performances inside the cage, which at times saw him seemingly defy the laws of physics with his timing, head movement and speed.
Now, at 45-years old, Silva has agreed to walk away.
“I think (I’ll miss) the training (the most),” Silva said. “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.”