Since an InTheGuard.TV report appeared on Monday indicating that Anderson Silva stated in a Brazilian television interview that retirement was an option in a year, speculation about the UFC middleweight champion’s long-term future in the sport has run rampant.
Theories about a possible rift with UFC management to a desire to leave MMA for boxing have been discussed with little or no substance provided.
With the validity and the context of Silva’s comments still in question, his manager, Ed Soares, recently spoke out on the Underground forum and disputed reports that his client is prepared to leave the fight game within the next 12 months.
“Anderson’s goal is to retire when he is 35,” wrote 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.”
Soares’ statement definitely contradicts many reports that have been been circulating but they might not be all that off the mark. Silva will turn 34 next April and as Soares mentioned, he will turn 35 in 18 months. If he does in fact retire at 35, that means he might only fight a half-year longer than reports claim. After beginning his UFC career 7-0 with all wins coming via either (T)KO or submission, walking away in 18 months if he remains as dominant as he is now may still leave some fans as feeling as though he’s retiring early.
After a successful UFC debut at light heavyweight following a first round knockout of James Irvin on July 19 during UFC Fight Night 14, Silva is slated to defend his middleweight title during at UFC 90 on Oct. 25 against Patrick Cote at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.