UFC Champion Anderson Silva Looking to Retire Next Year?

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UFC Middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva told the Brazilian cable channel SporTV:

“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.”

A shocking statement from the pound for pound best fighter in the world. Is he tired of he spotlite? Does he have that much of a nest egg stashed away in this mattress? Or could it be just Silva messing around with the cable channel. Wasn’t Silva quoted saying he would be fighting Roy Jones Jr. whether the UFC liked it or not.


  1. derek

    September 21, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    wow that would suck. if GSP gets by bj penn, i would love to see GSP-anderson. if anderson wins, then he can go and retire as a legend. there really aren't any others for anderson to beat, except for chuck liddell… but chuck is kinda past his prime now. anderson-RJJ will be a joke. RJJ is much slower than he was back in the day. RJJ-silva will look a lot like tarver-jones, in that jones will get KOed quicker.

  2. T.R.

    September 21, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    how old is anderson silva? I bet this news excited rich franklin.

  3. Morey

    September 21, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    He's 33. I don't think he hangs it up next year. If he demolishes his opponents in his next string of fights he might. But I still think he would pull a Couture and come back out of retirement.

  4. steve

    September 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    You would think he would want to beat the best fighters out there before he ritires but if he retires next year he will not have done that. I will be very dissappointed if he retires next year and I as well dont think he will do it.

  5. YC

    September 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    I agree GSP vs Silva would be a great fight, would love to see that one. Dont think he will retire in a year thou maybe 2, 3 years but not that soon. but you never know!

  6. Oswald Gobblecock

    September 21, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Screw GSP vs Silva, I'm sure Silva could tear apart the top 205 fighters let alone the 170 lb champ. This is really bad news. It's true that there's no1 else left for him at 185 unless GSP goes up but there are a ton a great fights for him at 205!

  7. Oswald Gobblecock

    September 21, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Lets look as his potential future fights. Silva vs GSP, the only interesting fight for him at 170. Silva vs Roy Jones Jr in a boxing match?! Well if Silva lost that fight it's only because he lost at Roy's sport. Boxing is very limited, MMA isn't. Let Roy fight him in MMA which is the closest thing to a REAL fight an not a boxing match. Silva would kill Roy in a fight period so it would only prove what MMA fans and reluctant boxing fans already know which is MMA fighters are better and complete fighters and not just punchers.

    The most interesting step for Silva by far is him going to 205. There's no more challenges at 185 but several dream match ups like Wanderlei, Rampage, Liddell, Shogun, Forrest, Rashad, etc… at 205.

  8. Daniel Test

    September 21, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Is a very quit while you are ahead position but still surprising…

  9. PooPooPlatter

    September 22, 2008 at 12:07 am

    IF and BEFORE he even thinks about retiring, he needs to rematch 2 people to prove himself. Yushin Okami first and Ryo Chonan. Just for fun!

    Chonan by flying scissor heel hook AGAIN! The first match was one hell of a sight to see.

  10. STEVEO

    September 22, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Well, you can put him in the ring with anyone you want right not and I just dont think hes being challenged. If its too easy for you it probably takes the fun out of it and I am sure if i was a fighter I would want to fight more thnight.twice a year that dana lets his big name guys fight

  11. roy

    September 22, 2008 at 1:44 am

    i don't think he will retire, when the time comes the ufc will offer him the big money and he will be around for 2-3 more years.there is still alot of mega fights he could be in gsp, chuck, rampage, wandy just to name a few.

  12. PooPooPlatter

    September 22, 2008 at 3:13 am

    In all honesty, I don't see him retiring.

    He's now a big draw for the UFC and if he leaves the UFC loses that draw.

    I think he's playing the "retiree card" to gain more MMA media attention, which will only make him that much more in demand so he can ask for more money from the UFC. Everyone wants "Chuck Money"!

  13. STEVEO

    September 22, 2008 at 4:19 am

    WELL, I really dont see anyone out there right now other than mayeb Lesnar and GSP (lesnar draw power not cause hes earned it) that should be making what hes making, chuck that is. Silva has been the champ and seen every belt change hands during his tenure as champ and he still only makes like 250K or so right? I cant say that I blame him if he does retire, he could make 5-10 mil in a fight witgh roy jones if it is promoted right. I am not saying chuck it done but he shouldnt be making as much as silva actually not even close to it.

  14. STEVEO

    September 22, 2008 at 4:22 am

    or whos to say he wont go somewhere else and fight and make more money, its not like if he goes an fights for affliction and it goes under he cant come back and clean out the division after he makes a lil money, the only people happy about this are bisping, leben, marquadt, okami, hendo, franklin. I would almost say I would rather he vacate the title and move up and fight at just lhw. there are so many good fights there. I say him and machiada would be a great fight to watch just cause of the contrast in styles.

  15. T.R.

    September 22, 2008 at 4:54 am

    If you think about it though if chuck would have retired before he fought rampage we would all still be talking about how he's the greatest but because he's still hanging on to the sport everyone is saying after his loses he should just retire. Maybe the spider wants to go out on top. I would hate to see it. I would also like to see him just move up to 205 and show how great he really is.

  16. Ryan S

    September 22, 2008 at 7:42 am

    I don't know, he could retire. Silva never struck me as anyone that fought for the money, rather, he fought because he liked to do it and he liked the challenge. If there isn't any challenge, he might be the type to move on to the next thing in life. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that was how he felt. I sure as hell hope he doesn't retire though. I have never seen him in a fight and not been entertained.

  17. Alex

    September 22, 2008 at 9:08 am

    This is either media attention or he wants to leave and have some dream match in boxing for a few mil. I hope he sticks around for a while. But the good news is he fights more than almost anyone, he would fight every other month if the UFC would let him. So we'll see plenty of the Spider this next year.

  18. YC

    September 22, 2008 at 9:27 am

    every body fights for some wat of the money, its all ways on the mind of a fighter, it sucks how these fighters get paid in the UFC specially for the title holders, Silva doesn't even come close to getting paid as much as Chuck, and Silva has been a undefeated Champ for the UFC, same thing with GSP or any of the other current champs. If Affliction is still up and running in the next few years and continues to pay fighters as much as they did in their first fight card then UFC is going to lose alot of there best fighters, and thats actually why they are trying to buy out MMA company's so thats there's no one to compare salary's to.

  19. Kai

    September 22, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Anderson is pretty much the best fighter in the MMA he has unbelievable striking abilities and he controls the ground no doubt. It might be good for him to keep winning for like five to six more fights then maybe he ca hang up the belt.

  20. tom

    September 22, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    i hope not

  21. T.R.

    September 24, 2008 at 12:31 am

    mma junkie put out an article that said A silva has 6 more fights left on his ufc contract. his manager also said there was no truth to the retirement rumors and that the spider had a few years left to fight. good news.


    September 24, 2008 at 12:45 am


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