Silva v Sonnen IIThough there was never any real doubt, it looks like UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva will indeed finish his career inside the Octagon after agreeing to a deal putting him back inside the eight-sided cage up to ten more times. The contact is expected to play out over a three-year period meaning Silva will be in his early 40s when it expires.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the news at the post-event festivities attached to UFC 155, joking that the lengthy agreement was a rare move by the UFC but, “I’ll give him a 100-fight deal if he wants one.”

White has also stated Silva is still interested in fights against Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones, adding that “The Spider” is open to defending his title against Michael Bisping as well assuming the Brit gets by Vitor Belfort in a few weeks at UFC on FX 7.

Silva is arguably the greatest Mixed Martial Artist in the sport’s history, setting a number of records during his run in the UFC and showing pure dominance throughout minus a handful of rounds. He is 16-0 under the organization’s banner including a number of impressive wins at 205 pounds and ten successful showings with his middleweight gold on the line.