Shocking news from InTheGuard.tv:
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was recently interviewed by Brazilian cable channel SporTV. The TV show [Sensei SporTV], featuring Spider, will air on September 27, but the editors released a shocking excerpt from the interview with Silva, when the champion spoke on his retirement from MMA:
“I’ll retire next year, I already gave my all. I don’t need to prove anything for anyone and within one year I’ll put my gloves aside.”
We’ve often heard stories of the mythical Athlete Who Retires at His Peak, but we’ve never actually seen one. Hopefully, this is just Silva’s way of pressuring Dana White to let him fight every month. But more likely, he feels he’s accomplished as much as he can in his career without fighting friends. Silva has repeatedly shot down the idea of a fight with WEC middleweight champ Paulo Filho, and has also said that he won’t challenge for the UFC’s light-heavyweight title because “this belt is Lyoto’s.” So what does that leave besides retirement? If we’re lucky, it means superfights with Georges St. Pierre and a couple of light-heavyweight stars before he rides off into the sunset.
Going out when you’re on top? What a concept…