Anderson Silva – the legendary Brazilian striker who ruled the UFC’s middleweight roost for so long – knows all too well what it’s like to fall from grace. After all, he was soundly defeated twice by no-champ Chris Weidman, and has struggled to regain even a fraction of past glories.

So when he sends some words of encouragement to Ronda Rousey, who was crushed and dethroned by challenger Holly Holm at UFC 193 on Saturday night, you know those words have the added value of experience attached to them.

Here’s his Instagram post to her:

RONDA ROUSEY Our biggest glory doesnt lives in the fact of never fall down, But In the fact of we always stand up after each fall. With determination, You will over come this bad time. I know very well how It is. You are a great athlet and transcend the MMA world. My kids love You. So, dont forget: To fall Makes us strongerTo stand up. You deserve the best of this world. Nobody is forever. All of us lost And To lose make us stronger. So, I wish You peace And lots of patience. Hold this experience with inteligence And dont blame yourself. You had a big lesson Of this Sport. With class You will transform this hapeness In something better To your Personal And professional life, because the world was made for people like You, a winner. Stand up your head, girl. You are a great champion of life And a inpiration for all world. Dont forget, we Love You! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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