ANDERSON SILVA emotionally bid farewell to the UFC after suffering defeat in his final fight.
The middleweight icon came into the curtain closer having lost his last two bouts in a three-year winless run.
Anderson Silva bid farewell to the UFC after suffering defeat in his final fightCredit: Getty Images – Getty
And the losing streak continued, as Silva was stopped in round four against Uriah Hall.
Hall dropped the Brazilian with a right hook and finished the fight on the floor.
Afterwards, Silva, 45, said: “You know, a fight is a fight.
“When you come inside you have a referee and a fifty-fifty chance of winning. Today Uriah is the best.
“He’s come to win the fight and I enjoyed my moment, you know? I think it is very difficult for us (fighters) to stop.
“And you know, but today is the final day. And I am so happy to be here.
“And to do my last show for my fans here in the UFC. For the UFC family.”
Silva debuted in the UFC in 2006 and in the same year won the middleweight title.
Hall stopped Silva in round four after landing a right hook Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Hall and Silva embrace after their middleweight headliner Credit: Getty Images – Getty
He would go on to have a historic run, defending the belt ten times and holding the record for the longest title reign in UFC history at 2,457 days.
But after being stunned by Chris Weidman in 2013 and losing the rematch five months later by breaking his leg, Silva never fully recovered.
Since double defeat to Weidman, he has won just once in seven fights and five years.
He leaves the UFC as one of their greatest ever champions but Dana White does not want to see the octagon legend continue his career.
White said: “Look at Anderson. When the fight was over, he couldn’t even stand up to do his interview.
“He had to sit down and do an interview. I made a big mistake and I shouldn’t have let him fight this fight tonight.
“He’s a legend of this sport and he’s a legend of this company, and I did something I disagreed with.
“I knew I was right, and tonight proved I was right, and Anderson Silva should never fight again.”
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