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In other sports, they have rules about this kind of thing. In baseball, dude has a perfect game going, you’re not allowed to go anywhere near him in the dugout, let alone fuck around and say some dumb shit like, “Hey, Nolan! I sure hope you can close out this perfect game!” In football, whenever you hear a play-by-play announcer say something about how a kicker hasn’t missed a field goal all year, well, you pretty much know what’s coming next, right? In MMA these rules seemingly don’t apply, as manager Ed Soares made a recent appearance on MMA Weekly radio and spoke with an apparent disregard for Anderson Silva’s current 12-fight win-streak in the Octagon, and 13 consecutive victories overall.
“In a perfect world, I’d like to see Anderson retire going undefeated in the UFC,” Soares said. “If I could have my perfect world, that’s what I would love to see.”
In fact, now it seems a lot more understandable that most of the fighters polled in a recent UFC.com video indicated they think Vitor’s got this. Hey Ed, while you’re at it, why don’t you say something grandiose about the possibility of a fight between Silva and Georges St. Pierre, just to make sure you queer that deal, too.
“I think it’s a fight the world wants to see and I think it could be one of the biggest fights of all time,” Soares said.
The only other newsworthy comment to come out of Soares’ talk with Weekly was his estimation that Silva’s got about two years and “five or six” fights left in the tank before he decides to call it quits: “Whether people like it or not, he’s in the later phase of his career. I could see him fighting for another two years, for sure …,” he said. “He’s probably got a good five or six fights left to do, I believe.”
If Soares is correct, that would make Silva 37 years old and a veteran of somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 professional MMA fights by the time it’s all said and done. In other words, pretty long in the tooth, in fighter years. If “The Spider” can run that table without somebody hanging another L on his record somewhere, we’ll be impressed.