Former middleweight kingpin and one of the best to ever do it, Anderson “The Spider” Silva, was a guest on The MMA Hour Monday and said if he doesn’t get to fight Yoel Romero for the interim middleweight title at UFC 212 on June 3, he will retire. “The Spider” was originally supposed to face Kelvin Gastelum on the card but after Gastelum popped for marijuana, he was removed.
“I stayed here for a long time for training,” Silva said. “This is not my fault for Gastelum to go out of the fight. This is not my problem. My problem is training hard for fight in Brazil for my fans. What happens to my fans now? What happens to the people who paid to see my fight in Brazil. This is the second time this happened. I’m tired of this.”
“This is perfect bullshit. I’m tired. I’m so tired. I’m respectful long time. Everything, I never talk about bad situations in UFC. … I think I’m done. I fight for long time in my life. And I’m tired, bro. I’m so upset. I have my legacy, I have my story. It’s very frustrating, because this is the second time I’m not fighting in my country.”
“I’m far too old and I’m done, bro. I’m sorry. I know I need to respect my fans — I respect my fans. I’m sorry guys. I love the sport. I love fighting. Fighting is my life. But it’s too much bullshit.”
Silva also said he is very disappointed in Dana White and feels disrespected by the organization. Take a listen below.
Could the legend Anderson Silva finally actually retire or will the UFC meet his demands? How would “The Spider” spend his time if he did hang up the gloves? He’d probably spend more time with his family, doing things like hiking and still practicing martial arts.