It is the end of an era in the UFC middleweight division, as former champion Anderson Silva is no longer on the roster for the first time since 2006.
According to a report by MMA Fighting, UFC president Dana White has confirmed – after initially saying Silva was still signed – that “The Spider,” 45, has been released from his final fight on his contract.
At UFC on ESPN+ 39 on Oct. 31, Silva lost by TKO to Uriah Hall. After the fight, Dana White declared that Silva would never fight in the UFC again.
— Anderson Silva (@SpiderAnderson) July 17, 2020
Since 2012, Silva registered a single victory and a no-contest in eight fights. The release means that Silva is free to sign with another organization such as Bellator if he so chooses. But Bellator CEO Scott Coker told MMA Junkie that he hadn’t really thought about signing Silva and that he is happy with the direction of his roster the way it is.
Silva still holds several UFC records, including the longest title reign in company history at 2,457 days, the most consecutive victories at 16, and the most consecutive middleweight title defences at 10.