Five Fighters Who Could’ve Retired But Chose To Fight On

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    Anderson Silva

    Once the pound-for-pound king, former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva is still considered by many to be the greatest fighter of all-time. He held the middleweight title from 2006-2013, defending it a record setting 10 straight times, while also winning his first 16 fights in the Octagon.

    Since losing his title to Chris Weidman in 2013, however, the Brazilian has gone just 1-3-1, losing to Weidman again as well as to Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier. Silva also served out a suspension in that time after testing positive for multiple banned substances in 2015.

    “The Spider’s” chin has clearly diminished, and even his most recent win, a decision victory over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 was a controversial one. What Silva has done inside the Octagon can never be forgotten, and some have even called for his retirement, but as of now he appears to be set on fighting on.