Anderson Silva Says He’d Leave UFC if Dana White Tells Him to Retire
“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,” former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva said. “I’d say, ‘Thank you for everything, but I’ll continue doing what I love in other ways.’ I’d go to other promotions, fight in other sports, but I’d continue fighting because that’s what I love to do.”
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Anderson Silva is not ready to retire.
He is set to face Chris Weidman at UFC 168 on December 28 for the UFC middleweight title that Weidman took from Silva in July; but win or lose, the 38-year-old former champion says this will not be his last fight.
“If I lose again,” Silva told Brazilian TV program Roda Viva, “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 forced Chuck Liddell to retire. He didn’t want to, and [he] is a guy that made history in the UFC, but you have to be prepared.
“I’d say, ‘Thank you for everything, but I’ll continue doing what I love in other ways,’” Silva continued, explaining what he would do if White told him to retire. “I’d go to other promotions, fight in other sports, but I’d continue fighting because that’s what I love to do.”
One potential option Silva has looked to follow for some time now is a boxing match with the legendary fighter, Roy Jones Jr. For the first time, White has seemed open to that fight happening, though he told FOX Sports recently the limitations that fight would have.
“Let’s just clarify, the match with Roy Jones Jr. is a boxing match,” he said. “It’s not even an MMA fight if this thing ever came to fruition. It’s just a boxing match, and it’s not like it would be a 12-round match. These guys want to box.”
But for now, Silva’s mind is focused on his next opponent, Chris Weidman. Having suffered a second-round KO at the hands of Weidman this past summer, Silva is weary of fans’ opinions. Some questioned if he had thrown the bout at UFC 162, and Silva acknowledged that this next fight, regardless of the outcome, will garner similar reactions.
“The faster I end the fight, the better,” he said. “I train the hardest I can to end it quickly. People might say, ‘Oh, he threw the first fight.’ People might say. And if I lose again, some people will say I need to retire, that Weidman is the best. It’s normal, and you have to be prepared for that.”
But more than the fans’ reaction, Silva must be prepared for Chris Weidman. The two will headline UFC 168, which will take place on December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Original Roda Viva video removed, quotes from MMAFighting.com)