Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has been released from his UFC contract after one-and-a-half decades of fights in the promotion. News of his release was first reported by Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting.
Silva is most known for his championship run which went from 2006 to 2013. After winning the UFC Middleweight Championship over Rich Franklin at UFC 64, Silva defended the belt 10 times before dropping it to Chris Weidman in 2013.
Silva has had a rough UFC run since losing his belt, having a record of one win and seven losses.
Silva last competed in October, being stopped in the fourth round of action by strikes from Uriah Hall. Silva implied he was done fighting after his loss.
“Sometimes it’s very difficult for us to stop. But today is the final day,” said Silva in his post-fight interview.
UFC President Dana White regretted booking the fight after seeing how it played out.
“I think that we’ve treated him like family. I shouldn’t have let him fight this fight tonight,” said White in a press conference following the show.