Anderson Silva is regarded as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. However, after struggling to perform to his former standards as of late, UFC President, Dana White wants him to retire.
‘The Spider’ was most recently knocked out by Uriah Hall. After which, Dana White stated that although Silva was still under contract with the UFC, he didn’t want to see him fight again. This led to him being released from his UFC contract, and free to test the free agency waters.
Despite being past his prime and out of the UFC, Silva took to social media to state he is still interested in following his passion and continuing to fight. You can read the full story HERE.
After this, it seemed likely that we’d see Silva in another organization. However, Bellator President, Scott Coker was quick to dismiss the potential signing.
“I have a lot of respect for him,” Bellator MMA president Scott Coker told MMA Junkie. “He’s definitely one of the greatest fighters in the history of mixed martial arts. I really haven’t thought about it, but I think I’m happy with the way our roster is heading and the fighters that we have now. I think that’s my statement on that.”
Fans then began speculating where else Silva could end up. PFL seemed like a likely candidate, as they’ve just signed Fabricio Werdum, which you can read about HERE.
However, PFL President, Ray Sefo has also shot down any hopes of signing the former UFC Middleweight Champion.
“That guy is such a legend in the sport but isn’t he around 46? The guy is such an amazing talent,” Sefo told Fight Sports. “I think he has been a great champion. He’s definitely gonna go down in history as one of the best to ever do it. Nothing but a lot of respect but I just think it’s that time to hang it up. Watching his last fight, he also fought a former teammate of mine, and Uriah Hall was able to finish that fight. Anderson Silva is a legend and he’s gonna go down in history as one of the best to do it, so I’d like to remember him as that guy.”
It seems that many other organizations have the same attitude as Dana White, and believe Anderson Silva is due to retire. It’s also worth noting that White has claimed Silva to be earning a tremendous amount of money per fight, which could be playing a factor in these decisions.
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