Another “Spider’s” Fight Turned To A Disappointing Performance
On Saturday, May 11th, “The Spider” returned only three months after his last defeat to Israel Adenasya in UFC 234 in February. Anderson Silva faced Jared Cannonier in his home country, Brazil. Many local fans were excited to see the legendary UFC fighter fight on home turf. The whole Brazil hoped to see a great fight similar to Silva’s fight with Adenasya in February. Sadly that didn’t happen.
Silva, 44, has been around for some time now and has been known to have a few medical issues throughout his UFC career. Silva sustained one of his most memorable injuries in UFC 168 against Chris Weidman. Silva’s poorly placed low kick was well defended by Weidman with such a force that Silva’s shin broke so bad that he was not able to fight for over a year.
Silva Sustained Another Injury
This time Silva was on an opposing side of a low kick, however, the well-placed kick (to Silva’s inner right tie) by Jared Cannonier took Anderson Silva out of the fight just 13 seconds before the end of the first round. This good place strike is another blow to Silva in 2019. With all respect Anderson “The Spider” Silva is not the fighter he used to be there is no question about Silva feeling his bones.
It’s arguably when UFC fighters reach their prime but it’s safe to say that at age 44 you can pass the expiration date. It’s hard and very scary for any professional athlete to hang his gloves on a nail. We have seen in the past athletes in many sports competing pass their prime and totally ruin their legacy. Anderson Silva is one of the most popular UFC fighters and it would be a shame to see him follow in the footsteps of John Terry, Former Chelsea FC captain, who rather went to play for a second league club rather than ending his career when he was not able to compete on the top level. Johnny Unitas, former Colts QB playing in the 50s that is by many considered to be the best quarterback ever playing the game of American Football ruined his legacy by joining the Chargers and his last two seasons turner to be rather embarrassing at best.
Do you think that it’s time for Anderson Silva to retire? Will he keep fighting and ruin his UFC legacy? Do you think Silva has a future as a UFC pundit or is his UFC career over once he stops fighting?