Anderson Silva Gives Unsolicited Advice to Ronda Rousey
Former long-time middleweight champion Anderson Silva offered some career advice to fellow ex-titleholder Ronda Rousey.
Rousey experienced another crushing defeat, this time at the hands of current champion Amanda Nunes. "Rowdy" was stopped within 48 seconds of action via TKO, marking her second consecutive career loss.
The main consensus for the reason behind her loss circled around two things: her mindset going into the fight and her decision to immediately jump in deep water and fight Nunes for the title. But for "The Spider" it was Rousey's lengthy absence, along with her commitments outside of the ring that may have greatly contributed to her loss. But as far as he's concerned, Silva is hopeful that Rousey does continue fighting, and if she does, her opponent choice should be greatly considered.
"My personal and technical opinion as a fighter is that you should choose better your opponents in your comeback," Silva told Brazil's Combate News (via MMA Fighting). "Don't fight someone who's so active as the champion. That was a wrong strategy."
Silva himself is no stranger to devastating losses. In 2013, he was sent back down from his pedestal after a seven-year undefeated run in the UFC, along with ten successful title defenses, a UFC record.
Since those defeats, the 41-year-old Silva has neve beenr able to bounce back and notch a win. He has so far garnered two losses in his career, at the hands of current champions Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier, respectively.
As he has now been given the chance to get back to winning ways when he faces Derek Brunson at UFC 208 on February 11, Silva also looked back on his early days as a fighter, where he also experienced losses. It is another piece of advice that he threw Rousey's way.
"I always dealt well with a loss, especially because I had losses in the beginning of my career, in a time where I couldn't afford to lose because if I lost, I would have no way to provide for my family and put food on the table. Losses are part of the sport," Silva said.
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