When UFC President Dana White said that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva suggested inking a ten-fight deal, the MMA world was shocked. When Anderson Silva signed that deal, we all sat in amazement at the idea of the best in the world fighting for our pleasure 10 more times. While the deal is done, it appears that Silva didn’t exactly want a ten-fight contract, he wanted less than half of that.
In an interview with MMAJunkie.com, Silva said through his interpreter, “I wanted to do four more fights, and they said eight, so I said, ‘Whatever. Let’s do eight, 10. Let’s do however many fights you want.’ They got on that ride and offered me 10 fights, and that’s what I signed.” This is quite a different scenario than UFC President Dana White eluded to earlier this year, and Silva felt there was probably a misunderstanding that led to the deal, telling MMAJunkie, “Maybe there’s a contradiction lost in translation.”
Everyone knows that there isn’t much left for Anderson Silva to conquer in his division, while Chris Weidman poses some interesting and serious threats to the throne of Silva, what is left if Weidman is unsuccessful? Silva has defeated everyone of note at middleweight, with very few of those challengers able to work their way back to a title shot. The few fights that seem to make sense for “The Spider” at this point are potential super-fights with either Jon Jones or Georges St. Pierre. Other than that the only true contenders at middleweight are Vitor Belfort, who has been very vocal about not wanting a rematch with Silva just yet, and Jacaré Souza who has yet to prove himself within the UFC.
The odds of Anderson Silva competing in the octagon 10 more times are not in the UFC’s favor, but Silva feels the determining factor will be about his own drive to continue. Silva told MMAJunkie,“It all depends. Ten fights is about six years, so we’ll see what happens in the meantime. I hope that I’m still inspired and that I still have the will power and the desire to go out there and fight. But I’m happy.” Silva went on to say, “I’m well-treated by Dana and Lorenzo (Fertitta) and everyone in the UFC, and I hope to continue having this desire to fight and go in there and train. But it’s a matter of time. We have to go in there and see what’s going to happen in the next few years.”
What does Penn Nation think? Will we see Anderson Silva fight 10 more times? Will he go on to fight Jon Jones and Georges St. Pierre? Will Silva continue to display the brilliance of combat for another 6 years?
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