2020 has been a horrible year for all, and from January until October 31st, it seems that every month saw something go wrong.
In the world of sports, this year is probably one of the worst in recent memory.
We all witnessed the passing of the great former NBA Commissioner David Stern and the deaths of multiple basketball legends like Kobe Bryant, Wes Unseld, Jerry Sloan and collegiate coach John Thompson along with many more sports legends and icons.
This is also the year where the sports world stopped. An event that everyone thought would be impossible.
The theme of last month in the sports world, particularly in the MMA world, was the downfall of legends as three MMA legends faced trials and tribulations.
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Anderson Silva both decided to hang their gloves and ride off to the sunset, while Pinoy MMA legend Eduard Folayang suffered a very heartbreaking loss in his return fight.
On October 25th, The Russian Eagle, Nurmagomedov made his return in the UFC octagon in UFC 254 and defended his Lightweight title against Justin Gaethje for the first time since his Father passed away last July due to the coronavirus.
Khabib took the win in an impressive fashion, putting Gaethje to sleep and successfully defending his title, improving his record to 29-0 and dedicating the win to his late Father.
He may have won, but Nurmagomedov certainly would trade his belt for a chance to be with his dad again. The huge loss was certainly a driving factor in his decision to retire from the sport.
Aside from his incredibly emotional win Khabib left us with an amazing moment. His teammate Daniel Cormier, a former two-division UFC champion told a great story on why Khabib decided to put Gaethje on a triangle lock.
Then, on October 30, Filipino legend Eduard ‘The Landslide’ Folayang suffered a tough loss in his return to the ONE Championship cage after a nine month hiatus.
Folayang lost to the Australian Antonio Caruso via unanimous decision in a match where the Filipino legend was in must win situation.
Heading into their One Championship – Inside the Matrix bout in Singapore, Folayang was receiving a lot of criticisms saying that he should retire as he has already lost three of his last four fights.
He was looking to redeem himself by grabbing a win and slowly climbing up the ranks of the Lightweight division, but the former two-time Lightweight champion failed to do it and is now receiving more criticisms on what he should do next in his career.
Although, Folayang promised that he will come back stronger and better than ever, his most recent loss certainly affected fight fans’ perception of him.
Lastly, Anderson “The Spider” Silva had a very painful exit as he suffered a TKO loss in his last fight on October 31st, in the UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva event.
In the fourth round of the bout, Uriah Hall caught the Spider with a right hook which floored him and allowed hall to finish him with ground and pound.
Right after the fight, the two shared a very emotional moment with Hall telling the legend “I love you, I’m so sorry”.
Silva will be walking away from the fight game with a record of 34-11 and with the record for most KO/TKO finishes in the UFC history with 11 and the most win streak in history with 16 and as arguably the Greatest Fighter of All Time.
These legends may have seen the end of their careers but they will certainly not see the end of the respect of the fans who witnessed their greatness all these years.
On the flip side, though, it does look like we might see Nurmagomedov come back at an undisclosed date.