Anderson Silva wants to make it clear that he has no plans to retire from MMA. No matter what the outcome of his upcoming title fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 168 Silva will continue fighting. Even if UFC president Dana White tries to force him to retire.
Silva recently gave an interview to Roda Viva in Brazil where he stated, “If I lose again, all the media will criticize me, say that I’m not the same anymore, and maybe Dana will say it’s time to retire.”
The Spider went on to say that White has forced other fighters into retirement before. ”He forced Chuck Liddell to retire. He didn’t want to, and is a guy that made history in the UFC, but you have to be prepared.”
Anderson Silva is arguably the greatest fighter to ever step into the Octagon and his place in history is set. However, if he decides to leave the UFC he will not be hanging up his gloves anytime soon. “I’d say ‘thank you for everything, but I’ll continue doing what I love in other ways’,” he said. “I’d go to other promotions, fight in other sports, but I’d continue fighting because that’s what I love to do.”
It is very doubtful that White would risk losing one of the biggest draws in the sport today. Especially after Georges St. Pierre just announced that he will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from MMA.
Of course Anderson Silva still has to get past Chris Weidman who KO’d the Spider at UFC 162 and took the middleweight strap.
“The faster I end the fight, the better,” he said of his upcoming fight. “I train the hardest I can to end it quickly. People might say ‘oh, he threw the first fight’. People might say. And if I lose again, some people will say I need to retire, that Weidman is the best. It’s normal, and you have to be prepared for that.”
Regardless of the outcome we should expect to see Anderson Silva continue to fight for years to come.