Anderson Silva says he has no plans to retire despite knee injury
Anderson Silva lost yet another fight last weekend when he was unable to get out of the first round against Jared Cannonier at UFC 237, and many people feel the former middleweight champion needs to accept his fate and retire. Silva, however, disagrees.
Silva lost by TKO after he collapsed following a leg kick from Cannonier, but an MRI has since revealed no structural damage in his knee. In a brief interview with TMZ this week, the 44-year-old said he is going to keep fighting.
“Hey guys, I’m not stopping,” Silva said convincingly. “I’m not retiring.”
Silva said he will spend some time in China promoting his movie while rehabbing from the knee injury, but he plans to return to the Octagon soon. He described the condition of his knee as “not good, but not too bad.”
Silva has won just one of his last eight fights, and his last win was by unanimous decision over Derek Brunson in February 2017. He’s one of the greatest champions in UFC history and held the middleweight title from 2006 to 2013, but his best days are clearly behind him.
While we have heard some rumors about big fights involving Silva, it’s going to be hard for UFC president Dana White to keep putting him on cards.