Has there been a sadder two-week period in MMA than this?
First, we witness the emotional retirement of UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov after his dominant submission of interim champion Justin Gaethje. And now we potentially have to experience the retirement of Anderson Silva, former UFC Middleweight champion and one of the greatest to ever grace his presence in the sport of MMA.
However, it may not be the end for Silva, he did say it will be his last fight in the UFC, emphasis on the UFC. Bellator for one, is the kind of organization to sign Silva. Especially when you look at the moves they’ve made in the past bringing in the likes of Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva and Rampage Jackson all past their prime.
The legend has had many memorable moments inside the octagon and when speaking to the press during the UFC Vegas 12 media day, the Brazilian wanted to thank one particular person.
“First of all, I need to say thank you to Forrest Griffin,” Silva said about his performance during the UFC Vegas 12 media day. “What’s special about this fight is I was watching whole tapes about Muhammad Ali fights and I remember I watched a lot of Muhammad Ali fights and I just said you know I think that’s the secret to make something good in this fight. The magic moment happened.
“I just need to say thank you to Forrest. This is the best moment in my life. Of course, I have a lot of best moments, but this is a very special moment, too.”
Anderson Silva Odds for His Last Fight
Silva’s last fight (maybe) is up against a man who’d been compared to himself early on his career, Uriah Hall.
Despite being 36 years of age, it is by far the biggest fight of Hall’s career but comes up at a time where he is hitting a sweet streak.
Hall in 3-1 in his last four fights with two of those wins coming by stoppage.
“I feel like Benjamin Button,” he told UFC.com.
“First, I think if you put expectations on things, you’re setting yourself up to fail,” said Hall. “I can look back and say, ‘Coulda, woulda, shoulda’ with the fights that I’ve lost, the fights that I’ve won, the Uriah that showed up, blah blah blah, but I’m exactly where I need to be and it again goes back to listening to the critics, listening to the media.”
“We have a short life span in this, and we can only go so far,” continued Hall. “If our body doesn’t destroy us, the critics, the media will play a part in destroying our careers.
“So, with all due respect to everybody, ‘f—k everybody.’ We’re here to do work and do our best.”
Silva enters the fight as the underdog at +185 with Hall the comfortable favorite at -230.
It’s been a difficult twilight period for Silva who’s won just one fight since 2013 (Derek Brunson, 2017) and his odds of winning by any knockout, submission, or DQ opens at +425, a betting line that is quite attractive in my opinion.
Maybe I’m being wishful, but I do hope/think Silva gets the win in what is likely to be his final appearance in the UFC.
The best way to pay tribute to Silva is to watch the fight, enjoy yourself and pay thanks to a man that has left everything every time he entered the octagon.
UFC Fight Night Betting Prediction: Heartstrings Pick: Silva by Finish +425