A Broken ‘Leg’acy
Anderson Silva’s fights have almost always been something special. Whether he’s dancing around like a violent Fred Astaire, curiously refusing to engage a fighter who seemingly poses no threat, or using Matrix-like movements to dodge a punch by millimeters before unleashing a brutal onslaught of strikes, Anderson Silva always gives us something to talk about.
Tonight was no different. But this time, there was no dancing. There was no Matrix-like movements. There was no engagement refusals. There was just Anderson, a checked kick, a broken leg and a broken career.
I’m not a big Anderson fan. Never have been. But I respect the hell out of what he’s been able to do in that cage, and how long he’s been able to do it. In this sport, all you have to do is go left when you should have gone right, and you will find yourself counting the ceiling tiles, wondering why Dana White seems to be putting your belt around some other man’s waist. And for Anderson to not only stay on top for 7 years, but to do it in such a fashion as to make almost every single victory look like child’s play is quite simply a thing of legend. A fighter like him comes around once in a lifetime. And unfortunately, his professional lifetime looks like it’s coming to a close.
It’s been a tough two years for the greats of MMA: First we watched Fedor’s fall from grace. Then Georges St-Pierre announces his retirement. Now Anderson Silva suffers a catastrophic injury, and will probably never return to the sport. The clichéd saying of “Anything can happen in this sport” has truly been galvanized in the last few years.
I truly hope that Anderson can come back from this. That he can heal up after a long layoff, rehab the leg and come back to close his career out on a high note. No champion should have to go out like Anderson did tonight. But for a man who is almost 40 years of age to come back from not only a devastating knock out, but a gruesome break of his fibula like Anderson suffered tonight… it’s a long shot at best.
If Anderson does in fact retire after this terrible loss tonight, I’d like to personally thank him for all of the great fights he’s provided for us. He dedicated his life to this sport, putting his health on the line almost every single day to ensure that he would go down as one of the greatest to ever step into the cage. Like him or hate him, he deserves all the respect in the world, and all of our admiration and praise.
Thank you, Anderson Silva.