Former UFC Middleweight Champion and 24-fight UFC veteran Anderson Silva claims he will make his last walk to the cage on October 31st.
Anderson, 45, is scheduled to face Uriah Hall in the main event of a “Fight Night” card from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada USA.
“For sure, this is the last fight. Probably this is the last fight,” Anderson told MMA Junkie on Tuesday, admitting for the first time it would be his departure from the sport after rumours circulated.
Silva will best be known for his 2007 to 2013 championship run that saw him defend the middleweight belt 10 times before dropping it to Chris Weidman. He has struggled in recent years, having won one fight and lost six in his last eight appearances (a 2015 bout against Nick Diaz was ruled a no-contest).
He will attempt to stop a two-fight skid developed in 2019 in his departing bout.
“I try to do by best and [give] the best show for my fans,” said Silva on what he expects from the fight.
As for the details of how he wants his retirement to happen, Silva doesn’t want to think about it until it happens.
“I don’t think about this right now,” said Silva, who holds the record for the longest win streak in UFC history.
In what isn’t a first but is definitely a rarity, Silva will be retiring without a live crowd in attendance, as the UFC has been holding events behind closed doors since May.