Anderson Silva confirms retiring from Uriah Hall fight as 45-year-old UFC legend prepares to pull curtain down for incredible MMA career
- Anderson Silva will go down as one of MMA’s all-time greats
- His last fight in the octagon will be the main event against Uriah Hall on October 31
- Silva made his MMA debut in Brazil in 1997 and has fought in eight promotions
- He is guaranteed a place in the Hall of Fame after an incredible middleweight run
Anderson Silva confirmed that he will retire from MMA on October 31 after his last fight against Uriah Hall.
The future UFC Hall of Famer will go down in history as one of the greats of all time and at its peak as one of the most dominant champions the sport has ever seen.
The 45-year-old told MMA Junkie: ‘This is the last fight. This is certainly the last fight. I like the sport. I have prepared my mind for this. I’ve been preparing to fight my whole life, but yeah, this is my last fight in UFC.
Anderson Silva will go down as one of MMA’s all-time greats with an incredible legacy
The 45-year-old Brazilian is calling for time for his MMA career after the fight at Uriah Hall
He continued, ‘I think (I’ll) miss the training (most). Prepare my mind, prepare my body.
‘This is most important to me and I feel sad because I no longer have this. This is the last.’
About the clash with Hall (9/15), Silva added, ‘I can’t say,’ Oh, this fight is going to the ground, this fight is being done in the stand-up ‘.
‘They are two good strikers. Uriah is a very athletic guy and has good hitting technique and I try to do my best. I try to make the best show for my fans. ‘
Silva’s golden spell in the UFC was between 2006 and 2013 when he won 16 consecutive fights, the best run in the history of the organization.
Silva’s fight against Chael Sonnen is one of the fights he will be best remembered about
He also defended the middleweight title 10 times, just one short of Demetrious Johnson’s flyweight record.
It was the incredible entertainment he was able to deliver that made him one of the UFC’s biggest stars.
Striking standout and matrix-like dodging skills made him an engaging viewing experience, and victories over Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and Forrest Griffin will linger in the memory for a long time.
It hasn’t all gone clear with two failed drug tests marking stains on his writing system and recent history has been unkind, too.
The Brazilian provided flashy strikes and pure entertainment during his time in the UFC
Silva has struggled for the past few years and now seems like the right time for him to retire
With just one win in his last eight fights, many have been calling for the Brazilian to retire for a while. Two defeats to Chris Weidman marked the beginning of the end and the high-level loss of current champion Israel Adesanya in many ways meant that last year’s torch continued.
Silva has won a Fight of the Night bonus five times and Knockout of the Night seven times during his UFC career.
His 11 finishes are the most in middleweight history, and its 2,457-day reign is also the longest of all champions in UFC history.
He would love to lower the curtain on a remarkable career with one final show stop against Hall in Las Vegas.