Anderson Silva is arguably the greatest fighter in UFC history, and inarguably is the greatest middleweight ever. However, UFC president Dana White was no longer comfortable with "The Spider" fighting in the UFC, after he went just 1-7 with one No Contest in eight years, so granted his wish to be released with a fight still left on his contract.
Now Silva has responded on his social network.
"Hey everyone," wrote the former champ. "I didn’t want to talk about this subject, especially because I’m on vacation and as the saying goes, 'a deal is a deal' I’ll make it clear to all my fans that this is a moment of joy and gratitude!!! I feel free, after an attempt to force my retirement!
"I love and have always loved what I do, winning and losing are a part of it, it has absolutely nothing to do with age, I made technical mistakes and lost, but I didn’t lose what’s most important, the will and the desire to continue doing what I love, I still have the warrior spirit and that burning flame in my heart that motivates me, I have total belief that I can continue to compete in the elite of MMA.
"I take this moment to reflect about my career and to plan my next moves... Stay Tuned!!!"
Call it UG, where does Anderson Silva go next?