Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping believes it may be time for Anderson Silva to finally hang up his gloves after suffering another fight-ending leg injury on Saturday night.
Taking on Jared Cannonier in the co-main event of UFC 237 on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, the 44-year old Silva collapsed when Cannonier landed a kick to the inside of The Spider’s knee and referee Herb Dean had to intervene to prevent the Brazilian from taking any further damage.
Bisping, who has a win over Silva in a “Fight of the Night” performance in London, England said on the post-fight show on ESPN+ that it’s probably time for the former champion to walk away from the sport he’s given so much to (transcript via MMAJunkie). “Anderson Silva is a true legend of the sport – he’s given so much,” Bisping said. “(He was) a longtime champion, but he’s 44 years old. A lot of people wondered, ‘Why is he still fighting?’ I think tonight, even though he looked OK, the fight obviously ended. He took a little inside leg kick and I think that he tore his ACL. I don’t think we’ll ever see Anderson Silva fight again. He certainly doesn’t need to.
“Father Time has caught up (with him),” Bisping added. “With the greatest of respect, Anderson Silva needs to retire. He’s already given so much to this sport. He doesn’t need to give anymore. Enjoy retirement.”
Silva has recorded just one win in his last eight fights including a no-contest fight against Nick Diaz which was originally a unanimous decision win for the Brazilian but was overturned after he tested positive for drostanolone and androsterone. It is unclear of what the timeline is for the Brazilian as he awaits an MRI scan to confirm the damage to his knee.