Last December, UFC president Dana White claimed reigning middleweight king Anderson Silva (pictured) declined an eight-fight contract extension with the promotion and insisted on inking an unprecedented 10-fight deal.
“I’ll give [Anderson] a 100-fight deal if he wants,” White happily said at the time.
After Silva finally sealed the deal on his extension to remain with the planet’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion, many pundits wondered why the 38-year-old was so emphatic about committing himself to such a long-term deal. “The Spider” has only competed twice each year since 2009 and will be making his 2013 debut on July 6 at UFC 162 against Chris Weidman.
At Silva’s current pace, he’ll be pushing 44 if he intends to fulfill his new contractual obligation with the UFC. Interestingly, despite demanding a 10-fight deal, Silva admitted during Tuesday’s conference call that he isn’t sure he’ll see his new contract through.
“No, everything is a possibility, but it’s really going to come down to my willpower and my desire to still be fighting,” Silva admitted. “I have a lot of other things that I want to do, a lot of other desires, and one of those is fighting Roy Jones, but we’re just going to have to see how things work out in the next few fights and how I feel.”
Silva owns a UFC record 10 consecutive title defenses and is perfect through his past 17 scraps. The Brazilian hasn’t lost a fight in nearly seven years, and he avenged the controversial disqualification by steamrolling Yushin Okami at UFC 134.