Anderson Silva could reclaim the UFC Middleweight Championship when he rematches Chris Weidman on December 28th, but what if he loses to the “All American” for a second time? Would the 38 year-old legend call it quits on his storied career? Dana White has said publicly in the past that he thinks “The Spider” might consider retirement if he does.
Well, Silva recently relayed on the Brazilian talk show Roda Viva that retirement is the furthest thing from his mind. So much so, the middleweight star said he would look outside the UFC for fights if needed (comments via dopacane.com):
“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,” Silva said. “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.”
“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.”
Silva has said in the past he intends to complete his ten fight UFC contract, but to hear he would even fight outside the Octagon if needed is pretty remarkable. After all, several years back Silva was saying he might call it quits at 35.
Now will White call for Silva to retire if he loses to Weidman? Even if he gets KO’d again by the champ? It’s not likely.
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