UFC 237 was a bad night for aging legends in MMA. On the undercard, former lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn lost his record seventh straight fight in the UFC. Then on the main card, former featherweight champion Jose Aldo picked up his third loss in five fights. But perhaps most disappointing was the co-main event, where former middleweight champion Anderson Silva lost to Jared Cannonier in a fight that had echoes of Silva’s horrible leg injury in his rematch with Chris Weidman.
Though Silva didn’t look bad early on in his fight with Cannonier, late in the first round, “The Killa Gorilla” threw an inside leg kick that immediately buckled Silva, sending the middleweight GOAT to the ground, writhing in pain. In his post-fight interview, Silva revealed that he had been having knee problems in the lead up to the fight but wanted to fight anyway. Afterwards, he had to be helped out of the cage. It was an unsettling defeat for the man who holds the UFC’s all-time record for consecutive wins. Such was the manner of Silva’s loss that now even former opponents are calling for “The Spider” to hang up the gloves, namely, Michael Bisping.
Bisping and Silva fought back in 2016 with Bisping winning a very close decision. Speaking on the ESPN+ post-fight show, the former middleweight champion speculated that Silva tore his ACL and said that now was the time for his 44-year-old rival to walk away from MMA.
“Anderson Silva is a true legend of the sport. He’s given so much, a longtime champion, but he’s 44 years old. A lot of people wondered, ‘Why is he still fighting?’ I think tonight, even though he looked OK, the fight obviously ended. He took an inside leg kick and I think that he tore his ACL. I don’t think we’ll ever see Anderson Silva fight again. He certainly doesn’t need to. Father Time has caught him up. With the greatest of respect, Anderson Silva needs to retire. He’s already given so much to this sport. He doesn’t need to give anymore. Enjoy retirement.”
Bisping has a point. The loss on Saturday marks Silva’s sixth in his last eight fights, his lone win in that time being a controversial decision over Derek Brunson. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem likely to happen. In the lead up to UFC 237, Silva was adamant that he would finish his current UFC contract, which has two to three fights left on it after Saturday. Perhaps this latest loss will change his mind.
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UFC 237 post-fight press conference highlights.
Bellator 221 highlights.
Ronda’s interview with Megan Olivi.
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Chi Lewis-Perry getting aggro at Jon Jones.
LFA 66 highlight and Josh Burkman’s retirement.
6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC 237.
Severe MMA. Discussing the slam, B.J.’s legacy, Bellator 221, and Nate vs. Pettis.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Why is Dana picking anyone’s walkout?
Joanna being supportive.
Corey what’s up! No my friend that is not a spike. Any throw with an arc, lift can be brought down in any fashion. Rose held onto kimura grip. A spike is a 12-6 motion feet up/head down where you control your opponent. Think tombstone/pile-driver. Thank you hope you’re well. https://t.co/NzAun3vjoy— Marc Goddard (@marcgoddard_uk) May 12, 2019
When Rose goes for the armbar she has a choice to either let go of the armbar or try and hold onto it and go for the ride that Andrade is going to put on her. There is no illegal slam when a submission is being attempted. It does not matter how she brings her down #AskBJM https://t.co/eBgvzcdZBY— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) May 12, 2019
Max calling out Conor for his recent trend of deleting tweets.
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Dear friends, The MMA has been for me THE school of life with travels and encounters all over the world, and most importantly, the opportunity to discover myself as a person. Today I decide to go on a different path that attracts me a lot more and that takes me a big part of my energy. My new activities are such that I can not be fully devoted to high level training. I respect that sport too well to engage in « half-hearted » and that is why I am at a crossroads where it is essential for me to focus on what passionates me the most. It is also the result of a long introspection that was not simple since it was my childhood dream to fight in UFC, I who watched the UFC’s since the age of twelve and who did everything, these last ten years, in order this dream to materialize. This decision is good for me and comes from deep inside my heart. I announce my official retirement as a MMA fighter. I am already happy to feel your support in this new chapter of life dedicated as you know, to the teaching of the MMA technics but ABOVE ALL, the spiritual aspect of the martial arts and the inner quest. And that is on that path that you are all WELCOME and I invite you to follow the continuation of my journey. A continuation where we will be able to meet more than ever. I take this opportunity to THANK FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART all the people that have illuminate my path, to have made this journey so dense in understandings and human values. Thank you to everyone
The man definitely deserves it.
He’s got a great case.
Ladies and gentlemen let me introduce you guys to the 2019 #MMA coach of the year. Two world title fights , 1 against the *greatest Bantamweight in #ufc history and the second against the greatest Lightweight in #bellator history. Result ? @cptamericas pic.twitter.com/UaRBIhW3bS— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) May 13, 2019
Ben Askren and Jack Swagger.
Jake Hager just said “I have a boner”! One of the weirdest post fight speeches ever— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) May 12, 2019
You’re talking about weird Funky?— You Dont Know Jack (@RealJackSwagger) May 12, 2019
I may do some strange things, but getting aroused by grappling men who have very little skill is not one of them. https://t.co/f71iTTRFlk— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) May 12, 2019
Legalize soccer kicks, and standing headbutts.
Rest of the year.
This is good Tweeting.
Nate Diaz (19-11) vs. Anthony Pettis (22-8); UFC 241, Aug. 17.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2017: Stipe Miocic defended his UFC heavyweight title for the second time, knocking out Junior dos Santos at UFC 211. In the co-main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk won a unanimous decision over Jessica Andrade to retain her strawweight title. This card also featured the first fight between Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier, the one that ended in a No Contest after Alvarez illegally kneed Poirier.
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