Anderson Silva’s incredible 16 fight run was shattered earlier this year with a stunning knockout blow from Chris Weidman.
With fellow former champ Georges St-Pierre’s recent high-profile retirement, many wondered if Silva would follow suit and hang up his gloves if he loses again in the upcoming rematch.
In a recent interview, “The Spider” revealed that he doesn’t want to go out like that, but feels he may be forced to with another defeat.
“If I lose again, all the media will criticize me, say that I’m not the same anymore, and maybe Dana will say it’s time to retire,” he said to Roda Viva, a Brazil publication. “He forced Chuck Liddell to retire. He didn’t want to and that is a guy that made history in the UFC, but you have to be prepared.
Silva added though that if UFC president Dana White “forces” him to retire, he will simply go to another promotion to continue fighting.
“I’d say ‘Thank you for everything, but I’ll continue doing what I love in other ways,'” he said. “I’d go to other promotions, fight in other sports, but I’d continue fighting because that’s what I love to do.”
It seems unimaginable, but if Anderson Silva somehow ended up at a promotion like Bellator, that would be a huge coup for the up-and-coming organization.
Despite the comparison though, Silva and former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell do not seem to be in the same boat. Even if Silva loses his next fight, that will only be two defeats in his entire UFC career.
Liddell on the other hand dropped five of his last six before Dana White stepped in and asked him to retire.