Anderson Silva is arguably one of the greatest fighters to set foot in the octagon, but the 42 year old’s days as a fighter at his peak are numbered. He was supposed to face Kevin Gastelum in Rio De Janeiro Brazil at UFC 212, but his opponent is refusing to fight in Brazil ever again and has pulled from the fight.
Gastelum has cited the overturning of his victory against Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night at Forteleza, Brazil after testing positive for Cannibis prior to the fight as his reason for refusing to fight in Brazil. He accepted the fine and suspension for the positive test, but argues that the decision to overturn the fight was biased and unfair.
He Tweeted: “Suspension accepted, but i will NEVER fight in Brazil again. All they want is $$$$”
Anderson Silva responded with a live Instagram post, saying: “I really wanted to fight in Brazil, my country, but it’s not going to happen. I want to apologize for this. I really wanted to fight here, but it didn’t happen. I think I was hurt in this, but that’s it.”
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on his MMA Hour show afterwards, Anderson Silva requested a shot against Yoel Romero and said that if the UFC don’t oblige, he would retire from competitive MMA. Taking his age into account, Silva doesn’t have much time left to battle back to the top of his division if the UFC refuse.
Despite losing Silva Versus Gastelum, UFC 212 has Holloway Versus Aldo to look forward to – Max Holloway currently holds the interim Featherweight belt and the fight will decide the champion after Aldo reclaimed the belt from McGregor after he relinquished it following his move up a weight.