Add Anderson Silva to the growing list of fighters who have issues with the UFC.
Silva is arguably the most successful fighters in UFC history, having held the middleweight title for nearly seven years, amassing 10 title defenses, and accruing numerous records inside the promotion. “The Spider” left the organization in 2020 after losing three fights in a row and seven of nine (including one No Contest). At the time, Silva was purportedly retiring from the sport, however, in the aftermath it became clear that Silva still wanted to compete and that his exit was less than amicable, and speaking with SportsNaut recently, Silva expounded on that.
“When I was done in UFC, everybody — especially Dana White — said, ‘Oh, Anderson can’t fight anymore. Anderson is the only person of his age who can fight. It’s horrible. And talking a lot of sh*t about me,” Silva told. Silva said, “And it’s not important what has happened. It is just fight. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose.
“When you make a success of [MMA], the one thing you need to do for your fighters is [give] respect. That is what I do not feel respect for. But I don’t care because when I stop fighting, I’m gonna stop fighting because I say I’m gonna stop it. No one can tell me [should] to stop. Nobody can tell [anybody] that you should stop. Nobody. Nobody.
Silva, in fact, did not stop competing, though he has not yet returned to MMA. Silva, who was expelled from UFC in 2015, has now turned his attention to professional boxing. He won a split victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. before knocking out Tito Ortiz. His decision to fight on seems to have made him more critical of the UFC’s treatment at the end.
” That’s what’s wrong with this sport and UFC, particularly UFC. UFC has no respect for fighters’ legacy,” Silva stated. “They try to use you and kick you out. And when you’re out, they try to destroy your career [so] you don’t fight anywhere. This has happened [to] to many fighters. It’s something that people don’t consider. UFC was a great experience. There were also some bad moments. My experience behind-the scenes is what has been the worst for me. However, my efforts are not enough to make it inside the cage. It’s the only time I have control. Outside I don’t have control.”
That wasn’t Silva’s only issue with the UFC though. Many MMA celebrities have been tempted to try professional boxing in recent years due to the higher payoffs. Current UFC champs Kamaru Usman and Francis Ngannou both plead for boxing. Having now made that transition himself, Silva understands why.
“In my fight in Mexico, I made more money than my last three fights in MMA,” Silva said. Silva said, “I do not like talking about the negative. People say that you are out of UFC now and talk bad about [them]’..” Sometimes it was great for me, and for UFC as well. It’s done it’s over. It’s very important that I tell you this, because it is exactly what I experienced .”
At 47 years old, Silva still appears to be full steam ahead on his boxing career. Next weekend he will compete in an exhibition bout against Bruno Machida in the co-main event of a Floyd Mayweather exhibition card in Abu Dhabi.
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Puna Soriano (8-2) vs. Dalcha Lungiambula (11-4); UFC Fight Night, July 16.
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