UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva created quite a stir around the MMA world last September when he hinted that his days as a MMA fighter are numbered. Regarded by some as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the game, and undeniably the best 185-pound fighter in the world, he has stated once again that he might be ready to hang up his gloves sooner rather than later.
“Everything has its time,” Silva told Sherdog.com, “and I believe my time is already over.”
When Silva made his initial comments regarding a premature retirement to a Brazilian TV show, his manager, Ed Soares, quickly stepped in to put a spin on the statement. He said that Silva was going to finish out the remaining six bouts on his UFC contract, which should span another year and a half if Silva fights every 3-4 months as most champions do.
With Silva intent on finishing out his UFC contract, that that would explain why he has asked the UFC to make sure he is utilized more. He stated a few months back that he would like to fight every couple of months, and that the UFC was not using him to his fullest potential. That is when the UFC decided to allow him to also fight at light heavyweight.
When asked what he intended to do if he didn’t fight anymore, the MMA enthusiast and master impersonator was quick to respond with his ideal retirement plans.
“I’m going to be fat, with a big belly by the side of the Octagon, eating popcorn behind the scenes, making my imitations and screaming for the fighters: ‘Go there! Kick his face! Put him down!’”
Silva is completing his training camp, as he is set to defend his title on October 25th at UFC 90 against Patrick Cote. This will be the champion’s fifth title defense, with none of his fights going past the 2ndRound.