Emotions were running high at the UFC 234 weigh-ins, but not in the way we’re used to seeing, as co-main event stars Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya both had to fight back the tears while addressing the Melbourne crowd.
Silva is making his return to the octagon after a two-year hiatus to make a final run at the UFC middleweight world title he once held for 2,457 days.
Silva got very emotional following the staredown, breaking down into tears.
With tears in his eyes, he said: “
Thank you, guys. I worked my entire life for this sport and I tried to do my best. “I need to say thank you God for giving me one more time a great opportunity to give a great show for you guys. “Thank you Australia, thank you Dana [White, UFC president]. Thank you so much.”
The emotions found their way across the stage to the usually super-confident Adesanya, too, who tried to joke his tears away as he took his turn on the microphone.
“He’s trying to make me cry! F**k him!” he laughed.“Melbourne, what’s up! Big shout out to everyone who paid [and] came through to from everywhere around the world to watch this show.“And a special shoutout – he’s trying to make me cry, for real! – to everyone from Auckland, that came through. I appreciate you.”
What the hell is going on here?
Looks like this will be Anderson’s last fight.
The crying is a bit much though.
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