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Anderson Silva releases statement following UFC Vegas 12 loss: ‘I have a feeling of peace’

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Will Anderson Silva retire following his fourth round technical knockout loss to Uriah Hall? Read his official Instagram statement to glean what’s going on in the G.O.A.T. contender’s mind.

UFC Fight Night: Hall v Silva Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Anderson Silva has accepted his retirement.

It seemed like an uncertain thing following his fourth round technical knockout loss to Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 12. As he did all fight week, Silva continued to waffle on whether we’d see him compete in mixed martial arts (MMA) again. Fans in forums and on social media started speculating unenthusiastically on potential Bellator match ups.

It was kinda dark, man.

But, today Silva seems to be leaning more toward not fighting again. He made a post-fight statement on Instagram that implied today was the first day of his non-combat sports life.

“Good morning my people, today is a very different day for a simple reason: GOING OFF A WHOLE LIFE DEDICATED TO MY SPORT,” Silva wrote (translated from Portuguese). “Yesterday was as special as well, I went up there to do what I love, I didn’t think I would be as happy as I am, even losing, I have a feeling of peace, from the bottom of my heart I want to thank you all, my team, my family , my friends and everyone who saw the fight; know that it has always been a great honor to fight all these years with your fans!!!”

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Bom dia meu povo, hoje é um dia bem diferente por um simples motivo, ME DESPEDIR DE UMA VIDA INTEIRA DEDICADA AO MEU ESPORTE; ontem foi tão especial quanto, subi lá para fazer o que amo, eu não imaginava que iria ficar tão feliz como eu estou, mesmo perdendo, estou com um sentimento de paz, do fundo do meu coração quero agradecer todos vocês, meu time minha família, meus amigos e todos que viram a luta; saibam que sempre foi uma grande honra lutar todos esses anos com a torcida de vocês!!! Quero agradecer a DEUS por ter me concedido o dom da luta!!! Obrigado meu povo por toda compreensão, por todo apoio de vocês e pelos incríveis momentos que juntos vivemos neste esporte!!! GRATIDÃO ETERNA A TODOS ❤️ Espero ter deixado na memória e no coração de cada um de vocês um pouco de quem eu sou, que vocês possam superar dificuldades, cada segundo de incertezas e para superar obstáculos em suas vidas!!! Nunca pensem em desistir, por mais que as coisas se tornem difíceis em algum momento; saiba que “vai passar”; deixo todo meu amor, todo todo o meu respeito para vocês!!! FORÇA e HONRA sempre e que DEUS abençoe todos vocês!!!! Gratidão a todos vocês ❤️ ❤️ DEUS abençoe Good morning, my people, today is a very different day for a simple reason, and I wanted to thank you all these years with your cheerleading! I want to thank the God for granting me the gift of the fight! Thank you my people for all understanding, for all your support and for all your amazing moments that we live in this sport together! _ I hope I left it in memory and in the heart of each of you a little of who I am, that you can overcome difficulties, every second of uncertainty and to overcome obstacles in your lives!" Never think about giving up, as hard as things get at some point; know that ​​I leave all my love, all my respect for you!"! "Force and time always and God bless you all!" Thank you all, bless you, and bless you ❤️

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“I hope I left it in memory and in the heart of each of you a little of who I am,” he wrote in English. “That you can overcome difficulties, every second of uncertainty and to overcome obstacles in your lives! Never think about giving up, as hard as things get at some point; know that ​​I leave all my love, all my respect for you! Force and time always and God bless you all!”

From watching Silva across fight week, there’s always the chance he could lean back the other way tomorrow or the day after or next week as far as competing goes. But an occasionally wise man once said, “He’s 46 years old. Unless you’re trying to save your life or defend your f**king family, no 46-year-old should be fighting, period.”

That wise man was Dana White at the UFC Vegas 12 post-fight presser. We cannot disagree.