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By Oliver Taylor on 11/19/2020 7:20 PM

Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White confirmed to TMZ today that Anderson Silva has been released from the company.

Silva, 45, most recently fought Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on October 31. He lost the fight in the fourth round by technical knockout and seemingly announced his retirement from the sport on Instagram the next day, although he has not confirmed the decision.

The Brazilian had one fight remaining on his UFC contract, but is now free to sign elsewhere.

He has lost eight of his last nine fights in the UFC, bringing his total career record to 34 wins, 11 losses and one no contest. His last victory was against Derek Brunson in February 2017.

Silva holds various UFC records. He won his first 16 fights in the promotion and held the UFC Middleweight Championship for 2,457 days from 2006 to 2013. He managed 10 successful defenses of the championship before losing to Chris Weidman, second highest total in company history.

While Bellator could be viewed as a potential landing spot for The Spider, company CEO Scott Coker has seemingly ruled out the idea. In a statement to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Coker said: “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Anderson Silva, one of my favorite fighters and one of the greatest of all time, but I’m happy with our roster and the direction Bellator is heading.”

Should Silva elect to continue his career, other fighting options could include American companies Professional Fighters League and Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki in Poland, Rizin Fighting Federation in Japan or ONE Championship in Singapore.