Weidman says Silva should retire. Wait what?!


Current UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman recently told Ariel Helwani that he was not impressed by Anderson Silva’s win over Nick Diaz this past weekend. In fact he actually suggested that Anderson retire and that there were other people flat out better than the former middleweight champion waiting for their shot.

Being the champion, I know this ends up going further than I’d even want my comments to go, because my opinion, I don’t think, really matters that much and I don’t want it to weigh on him at all. But me as a fan, if I’m just a normal person, I want to see him done. As Chris Weidman, as me, it’s a big money fight, a third fight eventually. But I’d really just like to see him retire. I think he’s got a great family, he’s got five kids, he’s made a lot of money, he has a great legacy. He just won a fight. I wouldn’t mind seeing him retire on a ‘W’.

It was a very weird fight. I have a lot of respect for both fighters, especially Anderson, fighting him twice. I’ve actually grown to respect Anderson even more. I spoke to him a couple times at ‘The Time is Now’ event and I think he really has grown as a person. He’s a likable guy, he really has become a family guy, more spiritual. I think he’s just really grown as a person, so I have a lot of respect for him. In the fight, you know, I’m happy that he came back. He was healthy, he was able to go out there and get a W. But do I think he looked impressive? No. I don’t think he’s what everybody thought Anderson would look like and what he could do to Nick Diaz. There was a lot going against him with the leg injury, it didn’t seem like he was kicking the legs as much as he usually could. But, you know, I don’t know. I don’t think he deserves a title shot. There’s a lot of other guys that I think are better than him right now

Is Chris right. Was that fight so odd that Silva needs to retire?

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