Some fans and observers are calling for Anderson Silva to retire, following his latest loss at UFC 237, but it certainly doesn’t sound like the legend is going to hang up the gloves.
Silva faced Jared Cannonier at the Rio de Janeiro event on Saturday. Late into round one, the star went down in a heap after taking a kick from Cannonier to his right leg. After the bout was called off, Silva referred to some sort of issue he had been having with his knee, but he didn’t offer any specific details.
Since then, the former middleweight champ shared out the lengthy statement below (translation via MMA Junkie):
“Until the limit. Pain is your friend. It shows you are not dead yet. They say that great symbols become great targets, perhaps. But the most important thing is to not victimize yourself. If you fell, get up. If it’s broken, fix it. No giving up or thinking that you can’t because you lost a battle. There is one saying, I will go until the end and the more they pressure me, the more I will want to go until the end. There’s nothing wild that feels sorry for itself. An old lion surrounded by hungry hienas, crazy to devour him and he still fights to the death without ever feeling sorry for himself. And it won’t be different with me. Strength and honor.”
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Fala meu povo. ATE O LIMITE… A dor é sua amiga … Ela mostra que vc não esta morto ainda. Dizem por aí que grandes símbolos tornam-se grandes alvos, talvez… mas a coisa mais importante é não se vitimizar se caiu levante, se quebrou conserte, nada de desistir ou achar que não consegue porque perdeu uma batalha. O ditado e um só, eu vou até o fim e quanto mais me pressionarem mas eu vou querer ir até o fim, não existe nada selvagem que sinta pena de si mesmo, um leão velho rodeado de hienas famintas loucas para devora-lo e ele mesmo assim luta até a morte sem nunca ter sentido pena de si mesmo, e não será diferente comigo!!!! Foça e Honra!!!
Since Silva is now 44 year’s old, and because he’s lost six of his last eight bouts, there’s been calls for the legend to retire. But, it looks like the legendary fighter intends to fight again.