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Anderson Silva’s retirement closer than fans may think

Ed Soares has done a lot of the speaking for UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva. That trend continued recently when Soares disclosed that “The Spider” has only a few fights left in his stellar career before he rides off into the sunset.

Chael Sonnen, who lost to Silva last year in a title fight, is hoping that his name is the next one on a contract for Silva to sign. Soares, however, doesn’t feel Sonnen is deserving of another crack at his fighter because he already had his opportunity. Still, the level of personal jabs that Sonnen has thrown towards the champion makes him a strong contender to the title.

“My opinion is that he (Sonnen) had his chance and tapped, he should go back to the end of the line,” said Soares, in a recent interview with SporTV. “The same thing is true with Vitor Belfort. They’re great fighters, but they had their chance.”

Soares went on to say, “we should recognize that Anderson only has around four fights left in his career.” With that statement, Soares added, “Sonnen would make a big fight, as would Dan Henderson and Georges St-Pierre.”

Many have felt that to complete his legacy, Silva needs to have a super-fight with St-Pierre, the current UFC welterweight title-holder or UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones. But, with the way Sonnen has fired off shots at Silva, he would also make sense.

“Let’s see what the big boss (Dana White) is going to do,” Soares concluded on the topic.

Nothing has been made official as far as Silva’s next fight, as Sonnen’s challenge was laid down at UFC 136 last weekend for a bout in February on Super Bowl weekend. The Brazilian champion is currently sidelined while recovering from a shoulder injury. No specific timetable has been offered for his return.


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