Sometimes, fighters just know when to say ‘When.’ In other unfortunate instances, Father Time needs to drag them from the cage kicking and screaming. During Tuesday’s press conference, UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva (Pictured) professed he won’t be hanging up his MMA gloves anytime soon – regardless of what happens this Saturday against Chael Sonnen.
“Nope,” Silva flatly stated when asked if he had retirement on his mind.
Silva owns an impressive 31-4 professional record and is perfect through all 14 scraps inside the Octagon. “The Spider” holds a UFC record with nine successful title defenses and doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
UFC president Dana White has long considered Silva as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. On the flipside, White has also said this is a young man’s game, and at the tender age of 37, Silva is getting a little long in the tooth.
Many believed he was prepared to call it quits had this rematch taken place in his homeland of Brazil, as initially intended. What better swan song could he have played than to finish off his arch nemesis in front of his countrymen?
Perhaps that’s why Silva was so adamant about remaining on last month’s UFC 147 show and equally reluctant to make the sequel in Las Vegas.
In any event, Silva is here to stay for the time being. However, Father Time will soon come calling, and despite how impressive Silva’s résumé is, we all know FT will forever remain undefeated.
UFC 148 takes place Saturday inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Nevada.