Anderson Silva says he is ‘not retiring’ eyes Jared Cannonier rematch

Anderson Silva suffered defeat on Saturday at the hands of Jared Cannonier. There, the “Killa Gorilla” threw a plethora of leg kicks, where one of which buckled Silva’s knee and ended the fight. Just like that, Silva lost in the first round for the first time since 2006.

The good news out of it was the fact that the 44-year-old didn’t break his leg and avoided serious injury.

But, in the days following Silva was hesitant to comment on his fighting future. He posted on Instagram that he was uncertain on his future.

“Stop or continue?” Anderson Silva began.

”Over the last four days, after another mission that wasn’t successful, I’m questioning if I should or shouldn’t continue training, dedicating, overcoming injuries, pain, etc. I ask myself, ‘Is the love that I feel for the sport consuming my mind and my body to the point that I can no longer continue?’

He added more to it, but, now Silva retracted those statements in a recent interview saying he is not retiring.

“I’m not stopping. I’m not retiring,” Anderson Silva told TMZ. “I just take my time now because I have my movie in China, I go to China to promote my movie and come down a little bit. Take care of my knee, start physical therapy but let’s see. I’ll come back soon.”

Not only does he want to continue, but the former middleweight champion wants to rematch Cannonier. However, the UFC has yet to say if they are interested in the fight.

“I talked to Dana [White] about that [rematch] but Dana just talked to me and said ‘go back home, rest, be careful for your knee and let’s go see’,” Silva said. “But that is the one chance, a big chance for it to happen.”

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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/16/2019

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Alexander Volkanovski improving, but remains in hospital in Chile

Alexander Volkanovski in hospital in Chile

Alexander Volkanovski’s health is improving, but he remains hospitalized in Santiago, Chile, after being sidelined during his flight home from UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

Volkanovski scored the biggest victory of his career at UFC 237, but had his call for a title shot derailed while traveling home to Australia after being hospitalized in Chile because of a blood infection.

Volkanovski defeated featherweight great Jose Aldo in Rio. Though he emerged unscathed from his time in the Octagon, Volkanovski complained of “sore feet, redness of his left foot and feeling sick as he was leaving his hotel in Rio de Janeiro on Monday,” according to an ESPN report citing his manager, Rhys Dal Cin.

Volkanovski developed a fever and the swelling of his foot had increased by the time they stopped for a layover in Santiago. At that point, they went to see a doctor at the airport, who advised them to take Volkanovski to the hospital, where he was admitted and is being treated with antibiotics and awaits blood test results.

In his latest update on Wednesday, Cin sounded optimistic with Volkanovski’s progress, though he remained hospitalized.

“Alexander’s condition is stable, he is responding well to the treatment,” said Cin.

“As a precaution, he will remain under supervision at the hospital and will be re-assessed in 48 hours to ensure the infection is completely under control before given any clearance to travel home.”

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Volkanovski called for a shot at UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway following the victory over Aldo, but that was derailed after he had to be admitted to the hospital in Santiago.

Holloway instead will put his belt on the line opposite Frankie Edgar in the UFC 240 main event on July 27 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, while Volkanovski recovers.

Anderson Silva reveals struggles as he determines his UFC future

Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva went crashing to the canvas in pain at UFC 237, but he may be facing bigger hurdles in his mind than with his body.

Silva opened up about his latest struggles in a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday.

The struggle comes following Silva’s sixth loss in his last eight fights and the growing calls from fans and others for the 44-year-old fighter to retire.

Silva once stood atop the middleweight mountain, but has found it difficult to regain that same footing as his career winds down. In his Instagram post, Silva put his emotions on the table for all to see, as he contemplates his future.

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Here is Silva’s post, translated from Portuguese to English by MMA Junkie.

Hello, everyone … I’m constantly asking myself, what are each of us doing on this planet? If life is just about living for the sake of living the hours and minutes to the maximum, that is definitely not my motto. I have full conviction that there is a bigger meaning in everything that we live and do here, life in this terrestrial plane has a bigger meaning than just living for the sake of living. I believe it’s a constant search for evolution. In these four days, after yet another unsuccessful mission, I’m questioning whether I should or not keep training, dedicating myself, overcoming injuries, pain, etc. I ask myself always, ‘Is the love that I feel for my sport consuming my mind and my body to the point I can no longer continue?’ Anyway… Everything I’ve always done was to be a good soldier in my battle field, the most well-trained, the most disciplined and ready to die for my mission, because my love for my job has always talked and still talks louder. I am totally certain that I can do all of this another 1000 times, but the last four days with pain and uncertainty, which are not new in my everyday life, are consuming more than before. Actually, my heart and my warrior mind confuse me to the point of creating doubts. On the one hand, I realize I’m not and I don’t need to be perfect, how much this search has brought me good things and bad things over the years.

Why did I decide to tell you about what I’m feeling? Because I believe that many of those of you who follow me like and admire my work and, on the other hand, I’m always trying to bring positive messages of motivation to all of you. Guys, what we really must do is take all the opportunities that life gives us to improve ourselves as people. Therefore, always remember that failures are your best teachers and that it’s in the hard moments that people need to find reasons to keep going forward. Our actions, especially when we need to overcome ourselves, make us better people. Our ability to resist and stay on path is what makes us special people.

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PARAR OU CONTINUAR?!?!? Fala meu povo… Fico freqüentemente me perguntando, o que cada um de nós está fazendo neste planeta? Se a vida for somente viver por viver o máximo possível as horas e minutos esse definitivamente não é meu lema. Tenho a plena convicção de que existe um sentido maior em tudo o que vivemos e fazemos aqui, a vinda neste plano terrestre tem um sentido maior do que simplesmente viver por viver, acredito que é uma busca constante de evolução. Nesses 4 dias após mais uma missão que não foi bem sucedida estou me questionando se ainda devo ou não continuar treinando, me dedicando, superando lesões dores e etc… Me pergunto sempre, “será que o amor que sinto pelo meu esporte não está consumindo minha mente e meu corpo ao ponto de não poder mais continuar ???” Enfim… tudo que sempre fiz foi ser um bom soldado no meu campo de batalha, o mais bem treinado, o mais disciplinado e pronto pra morrer por minha missão, pois meu amor ao meu trabalho sempre falou e fala mais alto. Eu tenho a plena certeza que posso fazer tudo isto mais 1000 mil vezes, mas nos últimos 4 dias com dor, com a incerteza que não são novidades na minha rotina estão me consumindo mais do que antes, na verdade meu coração e minha mente de Guerreiro me confundem ao ponto de criar duvidas. Por um outro lado percebo que não sou e nem tenho que ser perfeito, o quanto está busca durante anos me trouxe coisas boas e ruins também. Porque resolvi falar sobre o que estou sentindo aqui pra vocês meu povo, porque acredito que muitos de vocês que me seguem tem um carinho e uma admiração pelo meu trabalho e por outro lado estou sempre tentando colocar mensagens positivas de motivação para todos vocês… Galera o que devemos realmente fazer é aproveitar todas as oportunidades que a vida nos dá para nos aprimorarmos como pessoas. Por tanto lembre-se sempre que os seus fracassos são sempre os melhores professores e é nos momentos difíceis que as pessoas precisam encontrar uma razão para continuar em frente. As nossas ações, especialmente quando temos de nos superar, fazem de nós pessoas melhores. A nossa capacidade de resistir e de continuar o caminho é que nos torna pessoas especiais.

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Anderson Silva expresses serious doubts about fighting after UFC 237

Based on his own words, it’s safe to consider Anderson Silva’s fighting future very much in question.

Silva, the former longtime UFC middleweight champion, is coming off a disappointing loss to Jared Cannonier last weekend at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro. More concerning, though, is the status of Silva’s health after an inside leg kick caused his knee to buckle, forcing the stoppage late in the first round.

Two days later, Silva’s initial reaction to the unfortunate turn of events, while cryptic, seemed to indicate the 44-year-old legend isn’t finished competing just yet. On Wednesday, though, his tone changed.

“In these four days, after yet another unsuccessful mission, I’m questioning whether I should or not keep training, dedicating myself, overcoming injuries, pain, etc.,” Silva said on <a href="

You can read his entire translated post below:

TO STOP OR TO CONTINUE?

Hello, everyone … I’m constantly asking myself, what are each of us doing on this planet? If life is just about living for the sake of living the hours and minutes to the maximum, that is definitely not my motto. I have full conviction that there is a bigger meaning in everything that we live and do here, life in this terrestrial plane has a bigger meaning than just living for the sake of living. I believe it’s a constant search for evolution. In these four days, after yet another unsuccessful mission, I’m questioning whether I should or not keep training, dedicating myself, overcoming injuries, pain, etc. I ask myself always, ‘Is the love that I feel for my sport consuming my mind and my body to the point I can no longer continue?’ Anyway… Everything I’ve always done was to be a good soldier in my battle field, the most well-trained, the most disciplined and ready to die for my mission, because my love for my job has always talked and still talks louder. I am totally certain that I can do all of this another 1000 times, but the last four days with pain and uncertainty, which are not new in my everyday life, are consuming more than before. Actually, my heart and my warrior mind confuse me to the point of creating doubts. On the one hand, I realize I’m not and I don’t need to be perfect, how much this search has brought me good things and bad things over the years.

Why did I decide to tell you about what I’m feeling? Because I believe that many of those of you who follow me like and admire my work and, on the other hand, I’m always trying to bring positive messages of motivation to all of you. Guys, what we really must do is take all the opportunities that life gives us to improve ourselves as people. Therefore, always remember that failures are your best teachers and that it’s in the hard moments that people need to find reasons to keep going forward. Our actions, especially when we need to overcome ourselves, make us better people. Our ability to resist and stay on path is what makes us special people.

Silva (34-10 MMA, 17-6 UFC) is facing a potential six-month medical suspension from the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission, unless he’s cleared sooner by an orthopedic doctor. Prior to UFC 237, Silva – who went all three rounds in a loss to now interim champ Israel Adesanya – didn’t rule out trying to make one last run at the 185-pound title. 

However, now it’s unclear if “The Spider” will ever fight again.

For complete coverage of UFC 237, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Champions carry a heavy burden and Rose Namajunas was no different

We’ve seen fighters cry, run out of the cage unexpectedly and even demand an immediate rematch after losing the UFC title.

Not Rose Namajunas.

The former strawweight queen flashed a smile after being knocked off the mountaintop by Brazilian contender Jessica Andrade. It was the same mountain Namajunas had dedicated her life towards climbing. The impossible expectations, endless training hours, ups-and-downs, disappointments and breakthroughs all the way up to defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk in back-to-back title fights—it was all a weight to be carried by Namajunas. Not only did Andrade relieve her of the UFC title, but she relieved her of the burden of being a champion.

“It’s just a huge pressure of my shoulders,” Rose Namajunas said after the fight at UFC 237, when speaking with commentator Jon Anik.

Most were taken aback by the comments considering how spectacular Namajunas looked in the actual fight. The striking display she put on in the first round was at the highest level you will ever see in the sport—male or female. She was a sniper sticking behind her jab and picking apart Andrade’s defense from long range, but it was her meticulous footwork and crisp combinations that truly highlighted the evolution of women’s MMA. Everyone tuning into the UFC 237 main event knew they were witnessing something special—perhaps even a young Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones sort of moment.

Namajunas looked like she was destined to scale the pound-for-pound rankings and reign indefinitely over the strawweight division. Then came the slam heard ‘round the world. While fighting off a kimura submission against the fence, Andrade hoisted Namajunas as high as she could go and dropped her on her head.

And just like that, it was over.

An impressive championship run, albeit a short-lived one, didn’t ruin Namajunas’ sudden appreciation of the view from the bottom. She might have taken a different path, but she made the same climb as Andrade, stood on the mountaintop and at some point decided she had seen enough.

Being a UFC champion comes with the celebrity spotlight and a larger paycheck, but it also comes with more expectations and commitments heaped on top of everything else that led the fighter up the mountain. It’s a soul-sucking, roller coaster ride that can leave some fighters on empty after the first defense. That’s the truth that comes with sitting on the throne, and it’s one Namajunas may or may not miss.

“I’ve been hearing that [there could be a rematch],” Rose Namajunas said at the post-fight presser, via MMAFighting.com. “I definitely was whooping her butt, there’s no doubt about that. I just kind of like, I don’t know, we’ll see if I’m still interested in this. …I’m not gonna make no decisions right now, I don’t know. It’s just hard to keep having fun with this.”

There is so much more to life than throwing on a pair of four ounce gloves and punching another human being in the face, and Namajunas seems intent on exploring those options. It isn’t easy getting up early every morning and constantly doing the grunt work to prepare to compete against the best fighters in the world. Being a champion is even more demanding considering you’re constantly facing the No. 1 contender in your weight class. It’s the reason why ridiculously long championship runs like we’ve seen from Demetrious Johnson, Silva, St-Pierre and Jones are so rare.

Being a fighter is hard, but being a champion is even harder.

“The week leading up to the fight, you’re very stressed,” St-Pierre said well over a year ago. “It’s unbelievable. And I don’t like that part of my work — I hate it. Especially, it’s mostly the waiting part. I love fighting when I’m in the gym and I train with a guy. I love exchanging knowledge, I love training. But when I’m fighting, the pressure of it, it’s crazy. It’s unbearable. I hate it.”

The waiting part that St-Pierre speaks of alludes to the anxiety that comes with the unknowns of stepping in the cage. It’s easy for armchair experts to be desensitized from the pounding of flesh and bone-on-bone contact vividly displayed on their television screens. Fighting is a tough way to make a living, and only the ones enduring the throes of combat truly feel the weight of that risk.

“I feel like God has really called me for the last little while, and it’s changed my spirit and changed my heart,” St-Pierre’s longtime teammate Rory MacDonald said after defending his welterweight title at Bellator 220 in April. “It takes a certain spirit to come in here and put a man through pain and stuff, and I don’t know if I have that same drive to hurt people anymore.”

The cage can be an unforgiving place for uncertain inhabitants.

Fighting is an all-or-nothing sport that encompasses risk and an unwavering bravado few athletes on the planet possess. Rose Namajunas shouldered that burden alone as a champion on foreign soil, which was an iconic feat in itself considering most champions would have passed on such a challenge. Now, rather than dragging out a career merely on the premise that she’s good at it, she would rather take a step back and reevaluate her next move.

Championships, competition, prize fighting, money, fame—that’s all only one chapter in the 26-year story on Rose Namajunas. There are plenty of blank pages still left to fill, and whether it’s as Thug Rose or just Rose, Namajunas will pen the rest of the story the way she sees fit.

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Alexander Volkanovski in stable condition after infection, remains in hospital


Alexander Volkanovski appears to have dodged a serious health scare, but he’s not completely out of the woods just yet.

In what should be a time of celebration for Volkanovski following his signature win over Jose Aldo at UFC 237 this past week, the featherweight contender remains hospitalized in Chile after an unforeseen blood infection.

Volkanovski was on his way back home to Australia from Rio de Janeiro, where he beat former champion Aldo via unanimous decision, when he had to be hospitalized due to a blood infection that “developed quickly.”

Although “The Great” is still receiving care, his manager, Rhys Dal Cin, provided a promising update on social media (via Twitter):

@alexvolkanovski condition is stable, he is responding well to the treatment.

As a precaution, he will remain under supervision at the hospital and will be re-assessed in 48hrs to ensure the infection is completely under control before given any clearance to travel home.

With Volkanovski’s stay in the hospital ongoing, the fact that he’s not getting the next title shot at 145 pounds appears to be more reasonable. Despite the Aussie riding a 17-fight winning streak, Frankie Edgar was recently announced as the next challenger for champ Max Holloway at UFC 240 on July 27.

For complete coverage of UFC 237, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Anderson Silva collapses in pain, grasping leg (UFC 237 Thrill & Agony video)

Anderson Silva UFC 237 Thrill and Agony

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UFC 237 covered a vast expanse of emotions, both in front of the public eye and behind it in the backstage area. 

Anderson Silva collapsed in agony in the Octagon, clutching his leg, causing many to have flashbacks to several years ago when he broke both bones in his lower leg. That didn’t happen at UFC 237, but Silva was feeling the pain of Jared Cannonier’s fight-ending leg kick.

Jessica Andrade was ecstatic, as she slammed her way to the UFC strawweight championship, leaving Rose Namajunas in a disappointed heap on the canvas. 

Meanwhile, longtime UFC veterans Clay Guida and BJ Penn shared a long embrace following their three-round battle earlier in the night. 

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Check out this clip from UFC 237 The Thrill and The Agony, which takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions as fighters win, lose, and succumb to heart-wrenching injury.