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Anderson Silva’s manager tries to downplay retirement talk

Since an InTheGuard.TV report appeared on Monday indicating that Anderson Silva stated in a Brazilian television interview that retirement was an option in a year, speculation about the UFC middleweight champion’s long-term future in the sport has run rampant.

Theories about a possible rift with UFC management to a desire to leave MMA for boxing have been discussed with little or no substance provided.

With the validity and the context of Silva’s comments still in question, his manager, Ed Soares, recently spoke out on the Underground forum and disputed reports that his client is prepared to leave the fight game within the next 12 months.

“Anderson’s goal is to retire when he is 35,” wrote Soares. “He still has six fights on his contract and he doesn’t turn 35 for another 18 months. I know he will finish his six fights before he considers hanging up his gloves.”

Soares’ statement definitely contradicts many reports that have been been circulating but they might not be all that off the mark. Silva will turn 34 next April and as Soares mentioned, he will turn 35 in 18 months. If he does in fact retire at 35, that means he might only fight a half-year longer than reports claim. After beginning his UFC career 7-0 with all wins coming via either (T)KO or submission, walking away in 18 months if he remains as dominant as he is now may still leave some fans as feeling as though he’s retiring early.

After a successful UFC debut at light heavyweight following a first round knockout of James Irvin on July 19 during UFC Fight Night 14, Silva is slated to defend his middleweight title during at UFC 90 on Oct. 25 against Patrick Cote at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

9 COMMENTS
  • PetrineCross says:

    Last 6 fights:

    Patrick Cote

    Wanderlei Silva/Rampage Jackson

    Chuck Liddell

    Hendo/Marquart

    Forrest Griffin

    And one title defense at 205

  • Richie says:

    Isnt this the same clown who said he’s sure silva would fight filho if the money was right only to have them both say no way? Yeah his word really means a lot.

  • THORAZINE says:

    Add 12 more months to the 18 months… because he’ll still be 35 yrs old when he retires…. so Silva still has another 2 years and 6 months left for 6 fights.

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Thorazine, you’re wrong.

    First off, if you add 12 more months to 18 months, that would be 30 months. There are 24 total months in two years.

    But that’s beside the point because Silva will be 35 in 18 months. There are 12 months in a year. Six months equals a half year. That’s a year and a half and only six months longer than Silva allegedly said he planned to compete.

  • ViciousUppercut says:

    Sam, i think he’s trying to say, if he fights until he is 35 years old and 364 days, that still gives us almost 2 1/2 more years of Anderson Silva. And then he can then retire and turn 36 the next day. Just a little joke.

  • ar0nic says:

    let him get k0’d by cote or a 205’er in the UFC and we’ll see how quickly his retirement talk ends.

    or he’ll retire and return to japan where he will end up losing and we’ll see how quickly the age of 35 wont matter.

    silva drops a off the cuff remark almost jokingly it seems and gets all you kids all crazy with rumours. the biggest kid being caplan.

  • JJ Docker says:

    What THORAZINE meant, Sam, was that Anderson Silva might not retire as soon as he turns 35. He was suggesting that he could retire just before he turns 36, as this would obviously still be retiring at 35. This is beacuse Soares said “when he is 35”; not when he turns 35.
    He also added up the months and years correctly, a near-impossible skill I know, concluding that if he retired just before he turned 36 he has “another 2 years and 6 months left for 6 fights”. So he isn’t wrong, really. And so probably isn’t deserving of the patronising response.

  • THORAZINE says:

    JJDocker, I didn’t think Sam was ‘patronizing’…. I just thought he was ‘WRONG’ …lol… now do you get what I was saying Sam?

  • Batman says:

    I hope Silva retires after Cote knocks him out.

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