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