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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'I'll be back.' Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey releases a statement following her upset loss at UFC 193.
Octagon interviews from Holly Holm, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valerie Letourneau at UFC 193.
Dana White recaps UFC 193.
UFC 193 post-fight presser highlights. (full presser here)
Firas Zahabi breaks down Rousey vs. Holm.
@BigfootSilva appreciate it brother we win some we lose some but in the end there's respect brother much love to u and the team— mark richard hunt (@markhunt1974) November 15, 2015
@UriahHallMMA thanks so much for the fight brother ! Legend stepping up and putting on a wicked performance ! cant wait to see u fight again— Robert Whittaker (@RJWhittaker1990) November 15, 2015
I've been absent for a while to focus on UFC193, the support and words of encouragement have been amazing, thankyou and god bless you all.— Jake Matthews (@JakeBJJMMA) November 16, 2015
Lol thanks mate, I tried but you were too good https://t.co/rTdR75ZPIk— Kyle Noke (@KyleNoke) November 15, 2015
Danny Martinez (@dannymma125) November 15, 2015
@MMAOAM thanks mate good luck in your next one!!— Daniel Kelly (@DanKellyJudo) November 16, 2015
James Moontasri (@jmoontasri) November 15, 2015
Thanks for the love viet brotha! https://t.co/IwyqdFbk9E— Ben 10 Nguyen (@Ben10MMA) November 16, 2015
Better luck next time.
Just posted a photo https://t.co/DVuvFGj27Y— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) November 16, 2015
Thanks guys you win and lose but you always show up good job rob was your. Night— U R I A H H A L L (@UriahHallMMA) November 15, 2015
Thank you 2 everybody who always supports me, that's the thing that hurts most for me after this... https://t.co/upGjjcxIYr— Stefan Struve (@StefanStruve) November 15, 2015
Thank you very much for all the support. Angry, sad and frustrated but good health. See you at the next.
Muchas gracias por sus mensajes, son muchos y no he podido contestar. No hay porque criticar el doctor, el hizo su trabajo, Para cuidarnos.— Akbarh Arreola (@AkbarhArreola) November 15, 2015
A few words from me after my fight.
Ein paar Worte von mir nach meinem Kampf. https://t.co/UhXLdaSivC— Peter Sobotta (@PeterSobotta) November 15, 2015
Anthony Perosh (@AnthonyPerosh) November 15, 2015
This legend has done more for the sport of mma here in Oz this year than anything else before her.... https://t.co/4wXtO6xYjr— Richie Vas (@RichieVaculik) November 14, 2015
I was one step behind mentally. Didn't listen to my coaches and corner. Apologies for that. Props to... https://t.co/QZpdVw4us9— Steve Montgomery (@WeaselSteve) November 15, 2015
So as UFC 193 Melbourne comes to an end I get to look back at the week and I get to appreciate the... https://t.co/S7mLPnmA5u— Anton Zafir (@AntonZafirUFC) November 15, 2015
Well the fight didn't go my way, you win some you lose some. Either way I'm still enjoying this... https://t.co/Kkr7CynsjB— Ryan Benoit (@BabyfaceBenoit) November 15, 2015
More Rousey reactions.
Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) November 16, 2015
Fans don't get @RondaRousey 2 hard..She was a great champ and left us all speechless many fights with great fights. Sometimes you have to— Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) November 15, 2015
Lose in order to win. Learning to find a win in a lose is hard but it's the point of losing to grow. @RondaRousey you will be back better— Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) November 15, 2015
In the immortal words of Dr. Seuss - Those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Love to @RondaRousey— DrAnnMaria (@DrAnnMaria) November 16, 2015
Lance Palmer (@LancePalmer) November 16, 2015
If you thought the kick that ko'ed Rousey was brutal; then you should read the comments on The Underground Forum! They are 10x as brutal!— Aaron Riley (@aaronrileymma) November 15, 2015
@RondaRousey head up champ your accomplishments in this sport is unparalleled you made womens mma prime time can't wait to see ur comeback— Truck Gordon (@TruckMMA_UFC) November 15, 2015
Eddie Wineland (@EddieWineland) November 15, 2015
They will build you up just for the sole purpose of tearing you down. Never have read such unappreciative,... https://t.co/hK0S8fcrL9— Miguel Angel Torres (@MiguelTorresMMA) November 15, 2015
The Internet is filled with savages.... The memes of Ronda is mind blowing. #damnshame— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) November 15, 2015
It's easy to criticize from the comfort of your couch. But she has accomplished more than most ever will. She may be down but she's not out.— Cathal Pendred (@Pendred) November 15, 2015
A CHAMPION loses and the whole world seems to know the game inside out..the world only sees 10% of what it takes to step in there— Patrick Holohan (@PaddyHolohanMMA) November 15, 2015
#themassesareasses the trash talk about Ronda makes me wonder...what have you ever achieved in life?— Angela Magana UFC (@AngelaMagana1) November 15, 2015
I'm a huge Ronda fan but I think upsets keep things interesting. Can't wait to see her back after a well-earned vacation. #UFC193— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) November 15, 2015
Miesha Tate is a moron & proves what a catty, bitter bitch she is. You got your arm broke twice.. sit down & stfu. https://t.co/i4OUzHKHlB— 'Rowdy' Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) November 15, 2015
Unrestricted fighting is a crazy, dangerous and beautiful game. Respect all who make that walk. Many will talk but few will make the walk.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 15, 2015
Fighting with restrictions is cute.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 15, 2015
Don't insult fighters and expect me to allow it. She would box your face in bro. You prolly didnt mean it that way https://t.co/7V606UN0Ut— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) November 15, 2015
Crazy how much people hate others for being successful. People saying #PrayForRonda are assholes. Shouldn't kick someone when they are down.— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) November 15, 2015
Sick of people making such a big deal it was a simple mistake you can't be running in on tall people someone in her camp left that out !— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) November 15, 2015
If she had of dun like I did my last fight they wouldn't have robbed her the way they did me— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) November 15, 2015
Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten - not a nice person!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2015
Bruh somebody get this troll TF outta here. https://t.co/2PtaIHlbnT— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) November 16, 2015
I mean, if you took all faceless trolls from the Internet & made them into one physical person, it would be this guy pic.twitter.com/BIQ9mEp4uB— Cathal Pendred (@Pendred) November 16, 2015
Playing around with some Capoeira style trip entries after training tonight. pic.twitter.com/7LTKJ0AHjd— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 16, 2015
Honestly feeling better now than I did with the belt, I've grown to see how much I needed this time away. https://t.co/oGFxJh7F3T— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) November 13, 2015
@MieshaTate now you can have ur Ronda fight, I'll take Holly.— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) November 15, 2015
I'll fight both of them TODAY!!! https://t.co/SCuvZRlVJ8— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) November 13, 2015
U tried foot lock and got choked. U laid and hold down for 36 min and u couldn't finish a fully locked in choke. pic.twitter.com/v4b3Tz2XTw— Royce Gracie (@realroyce) November 14, 2015
Get well soon.
3rd round when my right knee popped. Listen closely it happens secs after the 10 sec warning, you can... https://t.co/4BVLQd50sh— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) November 14, 2015
So it was a successful operation. They planted a bomb in my left hand with no problems. Now baby... https://t.co/xJgxPyYDKz— Daniel Straus (@DanielStraus) November 12, 2015
But can he tear a phonebook in half?
At a friend's house wrecking his pan pic.twitter.com/NU07Ptf42c— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) November 15, 2015
Announced this weekend (Nov. 13-15 2015)
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