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Anderson Silva blasts UFC boss Dana White for freeing him in an ‘try to power my retirement’

Anderson Silva blasts UFC boss Dana White for releasing him in an ‘attempt to force my retirement’ as 45-year-old vows to fight again because he still has the ‘warrior spirit’

  • Anderson Silva took to social media amid talk of his retirement from the UFC
  • The 45-year-old took a swipe at boss Dana White for talking up his retirement
  • Silva is a veteran of MMA but insisted he still has a ‘burning flame’ to compete  

Anderson Silva hit out at the UFC and boss Dana White for an ‘attempt to force my retirement’ as he insists his fighting days are far from over.

Silva is an icon of MMA and at 45 it had been expected that his fighting days would now be behind him.

After losing to Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 12 on Halloween, White said the UFC would not be offering Silva another bout on a fightcard. 

Anderson Silva has promised to fight again despite having been released by the UFC

Anderson Silva has promised to fight again despite having been released by the UFC

UFC boss Dana White encouraged Silva to retire and the fighter blasted the promoter's efforts

UFC boss Dana White encouraged Silva to retire and the fighter blasted the promoter’s efforts

ANDERSON SILVA STATEMENT IN FULL 

Hey everyone…

I didn’t want to talk about this subject, especially because I’m on vacation and as the saying goes, ‘a deal is a deal’

I’ll make it clear to all my fans that this is a moment of joy and gratitude!!!

I feel free, after an attempt to force my retirement!

I love and have always loved what I do, winning and losing are a part of it, it has absolutely nothing to do with age, I made technical mistakes and lost, but I didn’t lose what’s most important, the will and the desire to continue doing what I love, I still have the warrior spirit and that burning flame in my heart that motivates me, I have total belief that I can continue to compete in the elite of MMA.

I take this moment to reflect about my career and to plan my next moves… Stay Tuned!!!

Silva, nicknamed the Spider, was subsequently released by the UFC and is eligible to join another fighting promotion if he is set on continuing.   

In a statement on his Instagram, Silva wrote: ‘Hey everyone… I didn’t want to talk about this subject, especially because I’m on vacation and as the saying goes, “a deal is a deal”.

‘I’ll make it clear to all my fans that this is a moment of joy and gratitude!!!

‘I feel free, after an attempt to force my retirement!

‘I love and have always loved what I do, winning and losing are a part of it, it has absolutely nothing to do with age, I made technical mistakes and lost, but I didn’t lose what’s most important, the will and the desire to continue doing what I love, I still have the warrior spirit and that burning flame in my heart that motivates me, I have total belief that I can continue to compete in the elite of MMA.

‘I take this moment to reflect about my career and to plan my next moves… Stay Tuned!!!’

In his prime Silva dominated the UFC’s middleweight division.  

Between 2006 and 2013 he was the dominant force in that weight class. 

He faced lots of challengers but in those seven years he successfully defended his middleweight crown against Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, Demian Maia, Chael Sonnen – beating him twice – Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami.

Silva is 45 and managed to win just one of his last eight fights, losing as recently as Halloween

Silva is 45 and managed to win just one of his last eight fights, losing as recently as Halloween

But in recent bouts it has appeared age has caught up with Silva, who has won just one of his last eight contests.  

Silva has been beaten by Chris Weidman on two occasions, Michael Bisping, Daniel Cormier, Israel Adesanya, Jared Cannonier and most recently Hall. 

His release from the UFC, but his verbalised desire to fight on, has raised the question of future landing spots for Spider. 

Bellator appear to have ruled out acquiring the 45-year-old, which leaves promotions such as Rizin, ONE Championship, or the Professional Fighters’ League as likely next moves.  

He was beaten by Uriah Hall (right) and was subsequently cut by White from UFC contests

He was beaten by Uriah Hall (right) and was subsequently cut by White from UFC contests

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