Former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva knows his best days are behind him.
Speaking to Globo.com (translated by Google Translate) Silva admitted that his days as a UFC champion are over. “The stage of champion Anderson has passed,” Silva admitted. “To fight for (the title) is a bit far for me.”
Silva’s nearly seven-year reign as UFC Middleweight Champion was snapped by Chris Weidman in July of 2013. An immediate rematch was booked for December where Silva lost via second round TKO after breaking his leg. Since then, Silva has been quickly healing; posting multiple videos of his recovery leading to speculation that he may return before the end of the year.
According to Silva, those predictions are false. “The predictions that I will fight at UFC 181 or an upcoming event are not true.” Silva said. “This year is already over for me.”
Silva has extreme confidence that he will return to the Octagon, but is unsure if he will be able to fulfill the ten fight contract he signed in 2013. “I see no stopping me, but do not know if I’ll be able to fulfill the contract of ten fights,” Silva said. “For many years my family has asked me to stop. They need to understand that is what I love to do and I need to take my time. My mission was to become a reference in the sport and I’m achieving this.”
Silva’s future opponent is currently up in the air, but some names that have been thrown out are Michael Bisping, Vitor Belfort, and Cung Le. No matter who Silva faces, his return will be one of the most profitable MMA events in the sport’s history and will be one of the most anticipated returns for fans.
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