Anderson Silva will always be the man. In a span of 6 years, he was levitating at the top of MMA mountain and even if a fighter reached the summit, Silva would still be there floating above them. In an instant, all of that can be taken away just like it was for Ronda Rousey. She was the queen of MMA, suffered two vicious losses, and a constant wave of ridicule. In a recent Combate News appearance (translated by MMAjunkie), "The Spider" dropped down to give her hope.
“I hope 2017 is a year of many wins for you and new accomplishments, and that if you keep fighting, that you return well," Silva said. "The way I see it, personally and technically as a fighter, pick your opponents better when you return. Don’t fight someone who’s as active as the champ. I think it was the wrong strategy. I hope you come back. You’re a great athlete. God bless you.”
#AndersonSilva knows what it is like to fall from the greatest heights. He was an MMA deity. Untouchable. Defied the very laws of MMA physics and was regarded at one time to be invincible. That was before #ChrisWeidman came along. He made him pay once for getting too cocky, but their next fight Silva got his leg turned into a slinky. It was one of the worst — if not the worst — injuries ever in the Octagon, but Silva put his leg back together and beat Nick Diaz.
“After her first loss, I sent her a message,” Silva said. “Right then, I posted something on social media motivating her. I think regardless of what happened and what will happen in your life, you need to keep your head up because what you did will stay in history. Regardless of wins or losses, you need to care about what you see as the most important in your life."
“During all those years I was champion, if I spent 10 days with my family, it’s a lot – because I was 100 percent dedicated to fighting and to giving it to my best, to bring some joy to the people," Silva said. "So when something like this happens, of people spray painting, criticizing, calling names, these people need to think about that. Because we’re there to do our jobs and show this work that’s not only ours, but also from a team that dedicated themselves for months.”
Ronda Rousey's career status is unclear at this time, despite even her mom saying she should move on to better things. On the other hand, Anderson Silva will try and grab his first win since 2012 (since his win over Nick Diaz was declared a no contest) against Derek Brunson at #UFC208.