It wasn’t long ago UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva was said to be at the tail end of his career. The 37-year old Brazilian has accomplished more during his run in the ring than most of his peers and is currently considered to be the top pound-for-pound fighter in MMA, winning sixteen straight bouts including a record-setting number of UFC title-defenses.

However, Silva seems to have found the fountain of youth in recent months, saying he not only plans to keep competing for a few more years but well into his 40s. “The Spider” lent support to the notion in a recent interview with Estadao where he said he plans to fight as long as he can do so at a high level.

“I love what I do. The team that works with me does a fantastic job (and I’ve) never had a serious injury that (kept me) away from competition. So I think I have a little while longer,” said Silva.

“Sure there is talent, but the most important consideration is to have responsibility. With age, you will realize that there are some things you can not take chances (on),” Silva added, explaining a definitive loss might cause him to reconsider his plans while also acknowledging he understands he can’t take the same in-ring risks he used to years ago as a younger fighter.

For now, Silva will sit by with a vested interest in how Georges St-Pierre fares against Carlos Condit in November, hoping GSP emerges with a win in tow to set up a super-fight between the two champions. Other possibilities for Silva’s next opponent include the winner of upcoming bouts between Michael Bisping-Brian Stann and Chris Weidman-Tim Boetsch.