Just two fights into the unprecedented 10-fight UFC contract extension Anderson Silva signed in 2013, Silva claims they have ripped up that agreement and inked a new 15-bout deal.
“I had seven fights on my contract (including upcoming fight with Nick Diaz),” Silva told Brazilian website Combate. “I met (UFC co-owners) Lorenzo [Fertitta] and Dana [White] on Thursday, and that contract was canceled. We signed for another 15 fights. To make Dana crazy, I signed for 15 more fights. And to make my family crazy too.”
As customary with all MMA contracts, financial terms were not disclosed.
UFC officials have not confirmed Silva’s announcement. However, when White revealed they were working on a 10-bout extension with Silva back in 2012, he said he’d sign Silva to a “100-fight deal if he wants.”
Silva was the baddest man in the game before he autographed his last UFC contract. The now-former middleweight champion has since lost two consecutive scraps to Chris Weidman.
He’s coming off one of the most devastating injuries in UFC history when he broke his left shin last December at UFC 168. “The Spider” makes his anticipated return against Diaz on January 31 at UFC 183.
Prior to the injury, Silva had only competed twice each year since 2009. At Silva’s current pace, he’ll be pushing 47 if he intends to fulfill his new contractual obligation with the UFC.
“The Spider” owned a UFC record 10 consecutive title defenses prior to losing to Weidman.