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Nogueira: Anderson Silva Nearly Retired Before Entering UFC

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No man has dominated the UFC quite like reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva. In short, he has run roughshod over the 185-pound division, a record 13-fight winning streak inside the Octagon the result. Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Chael Sonnen and Demian Maia were all left in Silva’s destructive wake, as the Brazilian established himself as one of the greatest fighters of all-time.

And to think, it almost never happened.

According to longtime friend and training partner Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Silva almost called it quits before entering the UFC.

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Post #1   5/18/11 9:09:16AM   

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Well that would have been extremely sad.

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Post #2   5/18/11 11:47:48AM   

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Well that would have been extremely sad.



And we wouldn't even have realized...

Post #3   5/18/11 4:24:59PM   

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I never knew this...

Good find, OP.

Post #4   5/19/11 1:53:26AM   

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Franklin's probably pissed that he didnt retire back then he'd probabaly still be MW champ and his nose would still be in place haha.

Post #5   5/20/11 4:58:40AM