Former UFC champion Anderson Silva has profound thoughts after TKO loss to Jared Cannonier
After an injury brought an anti-climatic end to his UFC 237 meeting with Jared Cannonier this past Saturday, Anderson Silva took to social media to share some thoughts.
And while they were cryptic, they did seem to indicate that the first-round TKO loss to Cannonier (12-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) may not be the last we’ve seen of Silva (34-10 MMA, 17-6 UFC).
You can read the translated post below and make your own conclusions (via Instagram):
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Fala meu povo. ATE O LIMITE… A dor é sua amiga … Ela mostra que vc não esta morto ainda. Dizem por aí que grandes símbolos tornam-se grandes alvos, talvez… mas a coisa mais importante é não se vitimizar se caiu levante, se quebrou conserte, nada de desistir ou achar que não consegue porque perdeu uma batalha. O ditado e um só, eu vou até o fim e quanto mais me pressionarem mas eu vou querer ir até o fim, não existe nada selvagem que sinta pena de si mesmo, um leão velho rodeado de hienas famintas loucas para devora-lo e ele mesmo assim luta até a morte sem nunca ter sentido pena de si mesmo, e não será diferente comigo!!!! Foça e Honra!!!
“Until the limit. Pain is your friend. It shows you are not dead yet. They say that great symbols become great targets, perhaps. But the most important thing is to not victimize yourself. If you fell, get up. If it’s broken, fix it. No giving up or thinking that you can’t because you lost a battle. There is one saying, I will go until the end and the more they pressure me, the more I will want to go until the end. There’s nothing wild that feels sorry for itself. An old lion surrounded by hungry hienas, crazy to devour him and he still fights to the death without ever feeling sorry for himself. And it won’t be different with me. Strength and honor.”
Silva met Cannonier in the co-headliner of Saturday’s main card pay-per-view at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The middleweight bout was called off late in the opening frame, after a leg kick by Cannonier sent Silva wincing to the ground in pain.
It was unclear what exactly was wrong with Silva, who was limping as he left the octagon, but the former champion did say in the octagon that he’d had issues with his knee going into the match. UFC vice president of international and content David Shaw later said Silva wasn’t immediately transported to the hospital.
Silva is facing a potential a potential six-month suspension by the Brazilian athletic commission (CABMMA), pending follow-up tests on his right knee. According to multiple reports, he’s expected to get an MRI this Monday.