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What Retirement? Anderson Silva Says He’s Got About Six More Good Years Left in Him

(He ain’t really old, just a little too old to be in the club. / Photo via

Like any great athlete with a long career, Anderson Silva and his team seem to enjoy toying with the hearts of fans with coy, contradictory talk about when the 37-year-old champ will retire. After originally threatening to retire at age 35, the Spider has had everyone from his boss to his manager opine since then about how long the UFC middleweight legend could and would possibly stay in the fight game he’s dominated since 2006. And now, Silva has gone on record himself with Estadao, saying that he’d like to fight for six more years, until he’s 43.

“I guess you can see more like six years of fighting,” Silva told Estadao. “I love what I do. The team that works with me does a fantastic job. I’ve never had a serious injury that took myself away from competition. So I think I have this a little while longer.”

Well, shit. Maybe Silva isn’t as aloof and carefree as we sometimes think. He’s one of the most financially successful MMA fighters in history and could conceivably go out on top in the next year or two, especially if he books that history-making super-fight with Georges St. Pierre. So it’s a bit surprising to see Anderson say that he loves the sport so much that he doesn’t want to leave it for some time. Maybe he’s going to take care of that unfinished Demian Maia and Thales Leites business. Or maybe he’ll get around to fighting Chris Weidman, before Weidman himself turns 43.

Either way, this could be good news for fight fans. Silva is the MMA G.O.A.T. now — sorry, 2005 Fedor fan-club members and flat-earthers — and other than one pretty good beating from Chael Sonnen, he really hasn’t appeared to take much damage in fights, so maybe he could stick around effectively into his forties. Then again, most damage happens in the gym, and as a former member of the Chute Boxe team, we know he’s seen his share of nasty, head-trauma-causing battles, even if they didn’t all take place in front of a paying crowd.

Silva is also a counter-striker, and relies heavily on combining an amazing sense of range with lightning reflexes. Fighters never know when those start to slip, but when quick counter-strikers begin to lose their speed, they can decline quickly and dramatically.

What do you think, ‘taters? If Silva is truly interested in fighting on into middle age, do you think he can stay dominant until he finally decides to retire, or will time catch up with him?

- Elias Cepeda

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Crow42- September 12, 2012 at 11:22 am
Hey richardo u must be fucking dumb to make that assessment
Birdman- September 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm
Until he proves to me he is mortal I shall believe the contrary.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm
That's six in spider years so really he's done in about five weeks. Hopefully the hatchlings from his egg case inherited his good spider genetics.
JohnyBonezNmoans- September 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm
Ric, calling out gsp isn't a tough fight? He's already cleaned out the division and beat the "peoples champ" TWICE. what more tough fights do you see besides this Weidman chapp
JohnyBonezNmoans- September 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm
Anderson will retire in 6 years after his clone they are working on develops its/his neuromuscular system fully to beat himself...?

RwilsonR- September 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Dan Severn laughs mockingly at your 43.
JohnyBonezNmoans- September 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm
Get Off Me- September 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm
Jon Jones ain't got shit on Anderson Silva in the hater's department.
Ricardo Guitardo- September 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm
Hell why only 6 more years??? Why not fight till you are 70? If you pick and choose the easiest bitches and refuse the tough fights.....
Get Off Me- September 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm
So your beloved American Gangster is an easy bitch and not a tough fight all of a sudden?
Fried Taco- September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm
I think it is doable, especially at his current rate of about 1 fight per year.