Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Whether we like it or not, it seems that Anderson Silva is intent on retiring when he turns 35-years-old in 2010, at least according to what his manager, Ed Soares, is saying these days.
From MMA Weekly:
“Even before Anderson came into the UFC his goal has always been to retire at the age of 35,” Soares stated. “He’s actually talking about it much sooner than all of us would have liked, but the reality of it is that his goal it to retire at 35. He’s got 18 months before he turns 35 and it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to retire right when he turns 35, that it would just be his goal.”
“He’s still got six fights left on his contract, the first of the six being against Patrick Cote, so I think that he’s just talking about it, but at the end of the day I know for sure he’s going to be fighting six fights in the UFC,” said Soares. “He’s talking about it, but I don’t think he’s very perceptive on how this is coming across to the media.”
If Silva continues on the streak he’s currently on, retiring after his next six fights might seem a bit practical. His next fight is against Cote, following that, he may move up to light heavyweight again for another super-fight, then back down to defend his middleweight belt )maybe against the winner of Okami-Lister) and so forth. After six fights, assuming that he fights Chuck Liddell and the sort, there really might not be anyone left for him to fight. Just something to think about…
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