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Anderson Silva did not make it out of the first round against Jared Cannonier during their UFC 237 fight Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro.
Cannonier scored the technical knockout with a kick to the inside of Silva’s leg, which injured the 44-year-old’s knee. According to MMAjunkie’s Fernanda Prates, who was present at Jeunesse Arena, Silva said, “It broke.”
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Anderson Silva loses to Jared Cannonier via 1st-round TKO at #UFC237 https://t.co/LdjzN7kwA8
After the loss, Silva apologized to the disappointed crowd:
Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani
Silva apologizes to the crowd and says his knee was bothering him in camp. He limps out of the cage. Tough night for Brazilian legends.
Cannonier’s MMA record improved to 12-4, with eight of those wins coming via knockout.
The 185-pounder started his post-fight interview in the Octagon by thanking Silva. “I really appreciate the opportunity to step in here,” Cannonier said. “And he didn’t have to fight me. He could have fought anybody he wanted to, and he accepted a fight with me.”
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🕷 @SpiderAnderson gracious as always, even in the face of defeat #UFC237 https://t.co/vmNpAoWvcd
As Cannonier spoke, the crowd booed. Silva’s loss continued a trend for the Brazilians on Saturday night:
Brett Okamoto @bokamotoESPN
Bethe, Alves, Aldo, Anderson, Lil Nog … all L’s. It’s up to 27-year-old Jessica Andrade to turn this night around for Brazil.
Silva had to be helped out of the Octagon and appeared unable to put any weight on his leg:
After a leg injury that ended his bout by first round KO, @SpiderAnderson is helped out of the Octagon #UFC237 https://t.co/gWgk0pay2M
In 2013, still in his prime, Silva broke his leg during a championship fight against Chris Weidman and had to be taken away in a stretcher.
While Silva will go down as one of MMA’s best, having won 22 fights by knockout and defended 10 titles, this injury may serve as the final blow to his career.