Anderson Silva retiring after four more fights says manager Ed Soares

UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, the winner of 14 straight bouts inside the Octagon, has "around" four fights left in his career before calling it quits.

That's according to the Brazilian's manager, Ed Soares, who recently told SporTV (via Bloody Elbow) that fans may only get four more chances to see "The Spider" do his thing.

And why waste them on rematches with Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort, two fighter he already finished?

"Let's see what the big boss is going to do. My opinion is that he (Sonnen) had his chance and tapped, he should go back to the end of the line. The same thing is true with Vitor Belfort. They're great fighters, but they had their chance. Sonnen would make a big fight, as would Dan Henderson and Georges St-Pierre, but we should recognize that Anderson only has around 4 fights left in his career."

The mixed martial arts community has been clamoring for "Silva vs. Sonnen II" following Sonnen's successful return to action at UFC 136, a second round submission win over the hard-hitting Brian Stann back on Oct. 8, 2011.

It helps that Sonnen went into his pro wrestling schtick and ran a verbal train on the cageside champion after the fight, but outside of the trash talk, there is a legitimate argument for booking part deux.

That's because the mouthy ex-Realtor beat the stuffing out of Silva for four and a half rounds back at UFC 117 and to date, has been the only middleweight to pose any kind of threat to the 185-pound kingpin.

True, he was finished before he could seal the deal, but his performance was light years beyond what any other challenger was able to accomplish. Dan Henderson? He likely won the first round against Silva at UFC 82, but was quickly finished off in the second stanza.

So, if "The Spider" has only four bouts left, who should he use them to fight? If he's not moving up or down in weight for a potential "superfight," then few challenges outside of Sonnen remain.

Anyone out there have the answer?

Is it time to get Hector Lombard out of Bellator and into the UFC? Or should we give the winner of Michael Bisping vs. Jason Miller the next title shot?

Thoughts?

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