Add Anderson Silva to the growing list of fighters having problems with the UFC. Silva is arguably the most successful fighter in the history of
Add Anderson Silva to the growing list of fighters having problems with the UFC. Silva is arguably the most successful fighter in the history of the UFC. as he held the middleweight title for nearly seven years, he racked up 10 title defenses and amassed numerous records within the promotion.
“The Spider” left the organization in 2020 after losing three fights in a row and seven out of nine (including a No Contest). At the time, Silva was reportedly retiring from the sport, however, it later became clear that Silva still wanted to compete and that his exit was less than amicable, and speaking to SportsNaut recently, Silva expanded on that.
“When I ended up in the UFC, everyone, especially Dana White, was like, ‘Oh, Anderson can’t fight anymore. no one in it [grupo] old with Anderson can fight, it’s terrible’, and blah, blah, blah. And talking a lot of shit about me. And I feel like I was disrespected because no matter what happened, a fight is a fight. You can win, you can lose.”
“When you achieve success [MMA]the only thing you have to do for your fighters is [dar] respect. In that, I feel no respect. But I don’t care because when I stop fighting, I’ll stop fighting because I say I’ll stop. No one can say for me that [debería] stop. No one can say why [nadie] that you need to stop now. No one. I’ll stop when I say I’m done.”
Silva, in fact, did not stop competing, although he has not yet returned to MMA. Since his departure from the UFC, Silva has turned to the world of professional boxing where last year he won a split decision against former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and he then knocked out Tito Ortiz. And his decision to continue fighting seems to have hardened his stance on how the UFC treated him late in his career.
“That’s the problem with people in this sport, especially the UFC because the UFC doesn’t respect the legacy that fighters have. They try to use you and kick you out. And when you’re away they try to destroy your career [para que] don’t fight anywhere. this happened to him [a] many fighters. People don’t think about that. I had a good time in the UFC, and bad times too. The bad moment for me is the experience that I have behind the scenes. But inside the cage, inside the fight, I do my best. It’s the only time I’m in control. Outside I have no control.”