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Morning Report: Anderson Silva offers words of encouragement and support to 'great champion' Ronda Rousey

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If anyone can understand heartbreaking loss in the Octagon, it's former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Considered by many to be the greatest fighter of all time, Silva enjoyed the longest title defense streak in UFC history.

After tallying 10 title defenses from 2007 to 2012, Silva suffered his first defeat in the Octagon in a spectacular knockout at UFC 162 courtesy of current champ Chris Weidman. In the rematch at UFC 168, Silva sustained a fracture of his left fibula and tibia.

Suffering her own shocking defeat Nov. 15 at UFC 193, Ronda Rousey was handed her first career loss by Holly Holm. Holm stunned the former champ -- and the world -- with a head kick knockout in the second round.

Sunday, Silva took to Instagram to encourage and thank Rousey for her contributions to the sport.

"Our biggest glory doesn't live in the fact of never fall down, but in the fact of we always stand up after each fall," said Silva. "With determination, You will over come this bad time. I know very well how it is. You deserve the best of this world.

"Hold this experience with intelligence and don't blame yourself. You had a big lesson of this sport. With class you will transform this happiness in something better to your personal and professional life, because the world was made for people like you, a winner."

Calling Rousey an inspiration, Silva tells the former champ to take her time before making a return to fighting.

"With determination you will overcome everything that is happening to you. This time not quite know how. You are a great athlete and transcends the world of MMA, my kids love you. So do not forget, fall serves to stand up stronger and wiser. You deserve all the best. Nobody is unbeatable, we all have losses and they serve to strengthen us.

"Anyway, I wish you peace and patience. You had one of the greatest lessons in the sport. The world belongs to those who dare to do what you did for a long time, win and win pretty. Raise the head girl, she is a great champion of life and an inspiration to many around the world. Do not forget, we love you."

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

Post-fight show. Ariel Helwani, along with Submission Radio's Kacper Rosolowski and Denis Shkuratov, break down the top storylines coming out of Saturday's UFC 193.

'I'll be back.' Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey releases a statement following her upset loss at UFC 193.

'It's easy to sit back and criticize.' UFC president Dana White says it's "stupid" to question Ronda Rousey's gameplan for Holly Holm.

On the shelf. UFC strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk broke her right hand at UFC 195 and will undergo surgery soon.

'Honestly, f*ck Ronda Rousey.' Miesha Tate "stoked" by Ronda Rousey's loss to Holly Holm. "You just got beat, bitch!"

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MEDIA STEW

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Octagon interviews from Holly Holm, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valerie Letourneau at UFC 193.

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Highlights from Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm and Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau.

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Dana White recaps UFC 193.

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UFC 193 post-fight presser highlights. (full presser here)

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Firas Zahabi breaks down Rousey vs. Holm.

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TTTHS.

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Long watches.

KNUCKLE UP: Round #340: UFC193, Ronda, Holly + the Zig of All Zags

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UFC 193: Dana White Fan Q&A

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BMF Ranch LIVE! Ep:02 Special Guests Alistair Overeem, Eliot Marshall and Six Gun Gibson

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TWEETS

Check out Pros React from UFC 193 and "This Week in Struggle"

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Victory lap.

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Better luck next time.

Thank you very much for all the support. Angry, sad and frustrated but good health. See you at the next.

A few words from me after my fight.

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More Rousey reactions.

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Movement.

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New Bones.

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Beef.

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Get well soon.

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But can he tear a phonebook in half?

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (Nov. 13-15 2015)

Thiago Alves out, Ben Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal

Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega at UFC 195

Beneil Dariush vs. Mairbek Taisumov at UFC 195

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