UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva has achieved status as arguably the greatest fighter in Mixed Martial Arts history based on his incredible run inside the Octagon. “The Spider” has won all sixteen of his scraps inside the infamous eight-sided cage including numerous title-defenses and a handful of wins at 205 pounds. However, the story of Silva’s career almost had a very different ending.
According to Silva, he was ready to retire in 2005 after losing his final bout under the PRIDE banner. However, a conversation with friend and fellow fighter Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira changed his mind as he recently recounted in an interview with Fuel TV…
“My dream was lost, Rodrigo talked to me and said ‘Hey come to my house, I will help you. Don’t worry. Come here, we will train together.’ I finished my contract with PRIDE. The guys tell me not to fight in PRIDE anymore. I said ‘What? I fight in PRIDE, I’m good in PRIDE.’ I had no problem with PRIDE, but Rodrigo help me for better fights. I love Rodrigo. I love Rogerio (Nogueira). This is my family.”
The full feature with Silva can be seen below:
SOURCE: Fuel TV
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