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Silva’s Manager Mildly Contradicts Retirement Claim


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Yesterday, we wrung our hands about Anderson Silva‘s claim that he would retire next year. Nobody was more taken aback by the news than Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, who reassured Mike Chiappetta at NBC Sports that Silva’s retirement is 19 months away at the earliest. (“Next year” could mean “15 months from now” if you do the math, but whatever.) Here’s what Soares had to say:

“His goal has always been to retire at 35 years old. That’s his goal. He’s still got a good 19 months until he turns 35. He’s got six fights still on his contract. He’d love to retire at 35 and finish on top. It’s been something he’s thinking about even before he was champ…

Maybe he gets to 35 and he still feels great. I told him, ‘If you get to 35 and change your mind, that’s fine. But let’s complete one goal: let’s get to 35 and make that decision.’”

According to Soares, one of the main reasons for Silva’s looming retirement is his desire to spend more time with his family. (“Soares estimated Silva only gets to spend about 25 percent of his time at home.”)

Nineteen months doesn’t seem like a long time, but when you think of it in terms of six fights, then yeah, maybe we’ll be ready to let go by April 2010. We just hope Silva makes those fights count, and that they’re not all eaten up by obligatory title defenses. This would be a good time for the UFC to try scaring up some outside middleweight talent to put against The Spider. I think the U.S. is ready to meet this Gegard Mousasi fella, for example…

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TheONE- September 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm
Hope he stays for another 5 years at least.
Sodak- September 22, 2008 at 11:13 pm
You nailed it with mousasi, i'd like to see Silva fight some tough fighters there hasn't really been any besides hendo, how about jacare, belfort, lindland, cung le maybe lawler someone with a name and some skills. if hes the best pfp in the world what the hells he doing fightin james irvin and patrick cote, at least let him avenge a loss and fight chonan hes a ufc guy.
Jason- September 22, 2008 at 10:37 pm
You mean the most popular fighter in the sport that has been all over blogs the last couple months and 3 weeks ago was the next LHW title challenger with a win?

Nothing wrong with making spelling mistakes, take the lame comment somewhere else. Comments like that are why fighters retire prmaturely, age catches up to everybody.
wooops!- September 22, 2008 at 8:32 pm
you know sometimes its hard to remember the correct spelling for every washed up has been
Yeah- September 22, 2008 at 8:03 pm
Who's this Lidell fella I keep hearing about? Is he related to Liddle I also keep hearing about? Chuck Liddell for president!
This could suck!!- September 22, 2008 at 7:51 pm
at 35 i guess you dont wanna be 39 getting your head ripped off by every chump in your weight class (see Lidell!!) man i hope they make that GSP Superfight quick!! but i guess we should see if he dosent get KO'd by Cote first i have a feeling...
skidding- September 22, 2008 at 7:51 pm
I'm still surprised at how much A. Silva has accomplished... he seemed like such an average fighter when I started getting into MMA. If I was in his position, I would do the exact same thing. I would retire and let the legend surrounding my name and abilities incubate until someone offers me a whole lotta cash to fight one more fight many years down the road, a la Royce Gracie style. I heard he made like a million bucks fighting Matt Hughes.
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