UnderGround Forums Anderson Silva: UFC not the same since sale

10/27/20 3:09 PM
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Anderson Silva, 45, is the middleweight GOAT, and spoke recently with MMA Junkie, ahead of his fight vs. Uriah Hall at UFC on ESPN+ 39 on Saturday. It will be his last in the UFC, after fighting in the big show since 2006. Silva says the UFC isn't what it once was, following the sale to WME/IMG (now Endeavor) for four billion dollars in 2016.

“I think the UFC changed for me when Lorenzo came out,” explained Silvae. “Lorenzo tried to put inside the UFC the big family, and right now it’s completely different, but I continue to fight inside the UFC because I have a lot of friends, and I feel the same family. But, yeah, of course, it’s changed a lot when Lorenzo is not inside.”.

“I think Lorenzo and the Fertitta brothers, who [were] the owners of the UFC, the relationship with fighters was more close, especially for me. I love Dana, but Lorenzo and his brother [were] very close to the fighters and tried to make the UFC fighters part of the UFC family.”

Silva holds the record for the longest title reign in UFC history (2,457 days). "The Spider" went undefeated from 2006 to 2013, winning 16 consecutive fights. However, he has won just one fight since 2012. The sole win was a unanimous decision over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 on February 11, 2017. Silva also defeated Nick Diaz via unanimous decision at UFC 183 on January 31, 2015, but saw the win changed to a No Contest after testing positive for the steroids drostanolone and androsterone.

Hall, 36, is on a two-fight win streak, split decisioning Antonio Carlos Junior at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on September 14, 2019, and knocking out Bevon Lewis at UFC 232 on December 29, 2018.

h/t  Danny Segura and Mike Bohn for MMA Junkie

10/27/20 3:26 PM
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Old folk don’t like change

10/27/20 3:48 PM
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Italian casino mob billionaires treat company like ‘family’.

Breaking news!

But yeah, it has changed for us all Spider. May they get that NFL team one day and make it all worthwhile. Too bad the Raidas are on lock.

10/27/20 4:22 PM
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It changed from SEG to Zuffa too

10/27/20 4:41 PM
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100% agree.

I barely watch the UFC anymore.

From like 2005 through 2013, I never missed a fight.

10/27/20 5:54 PM
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Nytron - 

100% agree.

I barely watch the UFC anymore.

From like 2005 through 2013, I never missed a fight.


You’re missing a lot of great fights.
Edited: 10/27/20 11:51 PM
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All companies change, especially while it grows.  It's up to the employees to adapt to the changes, or else, get out if they can't accept them.

Edited: 10/27/20 11:59 PM
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Nytron - 

100% agree.

I barely watch the UFC anymore.

From like 2005 through 2013, I never missed a fight.


There was a point when I would never miss a UFC.

As the sport got more mainstream, I got a little turned off.

And then it just became too saturated, too many fights constantly which took away from novelty aspect.

I'll always love MMA. If a fight comes on, I have to watch it.

But I dont have that same level of commitment.

10/28/20 1:03 AM
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Not surprised the way all these champions are quitting in their prime

10/28/20 3:46 AM
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sounds like anderson is being forced to retire.
10/28/20 3:58 AM
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I think a big reason why many people don’t care as much and choose to miss shows is because there are so many fighters under the roster now it’s hard to keep up with the names 

10/28/20 4:09 AM
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Could the UFC please just release him already.  I need a Tyson vs Silva mixed rules standing only match. Take my PPV dollars

10/28/20 8:24 AM
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“I think the UFC changed for me when Lorenzo came out,” explained Silvae

Who is Silvae and what does Lorenzo’s sexual preferences have to do with anything?

10/28/20 10:31 AM
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danybayamon23 - 

“I think the UFC changed for me when Lorenzo came out,” explained Silvae

Who is Silvae and what does Lorenzo’s sexual preferences have to do with anything?


Ha ha



Of course changes are never liked by most "old guys", but at the same time it's easy to guess a big lifeless corporation isn't good at the things the Fertitta brothers were.

10/28/20 12:46 PM
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Anderson is not the same wo PEDs

10/28/20 8:17 PM
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Outlaw’d by Lytle -

Old folk don’t like change

lmao savage

10/29/20 4:45 AM
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Of course, the first thing they had to do is water their product down. The same thing happens every time a bigger company takes over.

 

10/29/20 8:34 AM
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It may be true, but also this is around the time he went from the goat to a journeyman, he’s not gonna get the same special treatment. A lot of fighters were treated poorly under Zuffa as wel

30 days ago
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Nytron - 

100% agree.

I barely watch the UFC anymore.

From like 2005 through 2013, I never missed a fight.


YOU LYING PIECE OF SHIT!!!!
So you come onto a mma forum and post comments, yet you barely watch the UFC anymore?
You, sir, are a duplicitous taint.
30 days ago
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NakedYoga420 - 
Nytron - 

100% agree.

I barely watch the UFC anymore.

From like 2005 through 2013, I never missed a fight.


YOU LYING PIECE OF SHIT!!!!
So you come onto a mma forum and post comments, yet you barely watch the UFC anymore?
You, sir, are a duplicitous taint.

Why would he be necessarily lying?

There's an entire forum called the OG that's full of people who don't or barely watch MMA anymore. Occasionally, they post on the UG as well.

30 days ago
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Reebok deal, the WME sale, Womens MMA & Joe Silva leaving all played a part. The product is nowhere near as good as it was pre 2016