Former middleweight champion and legendary fighter Anderson Silva has seen his time with the UFC come to an end. According to a report from MMA Fighting, Silva and the UFC have agreed to part ways although “The Spider” still had one remaining fight left on his contract.
Following his last fight against Uriah Hall, it seemed certain that this would be the next move by the UFC, especially after UFC President Dana White spoke to the media after the fight and stated that he and Silva had a deal and that performance would be the last fight of his UFC career. Hall defeated Silva by fourth-round TKO back in October.
The loss to Hall was Silva’s third consecutive defeat and his seventh loss in his last eight fights for the former middleweight champion who is considered among the greatest mixed martial artists to ever compete inside the UFC or elsewhere.
Anderson Silva exploded into the UFC back in 2006, and set the UFC record for most consecutive wins with 16 ranging from 2006 to 2013 when he lost the middleweight title to Chris Weidman. Silva made his debut with an incredible first-round KO of Chris Leben that would begin his run throughout history.
During his record-setting winning streak, Silva compiled wins over the likes of Forrest Griffin, Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, and Demian Maia while becoming a mainstay in his native country of Brazil. While he exits the promotion on a very tough losing-streak, Silva went out facing the likes of Daniel Cormier, Israel Adesanya, Chris Weidman, and Michael Bisping, all of whom were champions at some point in their career.
Anderson “The Spider” Silva should always be remembered for his elusiveness inside the Octagon and his willingness to face anyone that was put in front of them. In one of the most memorable performances of his career, Silva pulled off an incredible comeback against Sonnen when he locked up a triangle choke submission in a fight that Sonnen was winning handily.
There is no word on whether or not the 45-year old Silva would like to continue fighting but if this is indeed the end of his time competing, he does so having delivered one of the most historic careers in the history of mixed martial arts.