Reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva could be looking to call it quits as early as next year, according to a report from intheguard.tv:
“…Anderson Silva was recently interviewed by Brazilian cable channel SporTV. The TV show [Sensei SporTV], featuring Spider, will air on September 27, but the editors released a shocking excerpt from the interview with Silva, when the champion spoke on his retirement from MMA:
“I’ll retire next year, I already gave my all. I don’t need to prove anything for anyone and within one year I’ll put my gloves aside.”
Ana Hissa, the editor who contacted us with this breaking news, was emphatic, saying that Silva mentioned retirement several times. “
Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, was quick to downplay an early retirement from the 185-pound champ in a recent chat with MMAJunkie.com:
“Anderson’s goal is to retire when he is 35,” said 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.”
So what do we all think? Will Silva really try to go out while on top? Or is The Spider merely suffering from the classic Randy Couture syndrome? Only time will tell.