Chilling words for all UFC middleweights.
With Mirko Filipovic and B.J. Penn announcing their retirements from mixed martial arts after defeats at UFC 137 this past weekend, another combat sports legend, Anderson Silva, is halting all talks of cashing in early on his 401K.
According to Tatame.com, the UFC middleweight champion appeared on the Brazilian TV show, "De frent com Gabi," and revealed that he has no plans to hang up his gloves anytime soon and says he will fight for at least six or seven more years.
"I'll fight for another six or seven years and then I'll stop. I stopped to think about it and I'll postpone my retirement for a little longer. Then I'll think about TV. I guess it's interesting."
This confirmation from "The Spider" contradicts Ed Soares, Silva's manager, who proclaimed his client would retire after four more fights and that he is only looking for mega-fights.
Silva and Soares did agree on something however; they both feel Chael Sonnen does not deserve a rematch.
"He doesn't deserve to fight me. The most important thing he didn't do: defeating me. He was caught on the drug test, which was the worse. I believe he shouldn't be on the sport, because he has no emotional control. While trying to provoke me, he makes the sport looks bad. He made bad comments, offended me and my wife.'
It looks like slowly, but surely, Sonnen's words are finally getting to the middleweight kingpin.
Silva is coming off a dominating victory over Yushin Okami at UFC 134 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, back on August 27, 2011. The victory over "Thunder" extended his win streak to a record 14 straight in the UFC to go along with his nine title defenses, also a UFC record.
"The Spider" is currently rehabbing a shoulder he tweaked while sparring against current number one UFC heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos; an injury he fought with in his Okami rematch.
This is good news for MMA fans, if he is indeed genuine, as we can now hope to see Silva inside the Octagon for at least six more years. How many fights that equates to, remains to be seen.
How do you feel about Silva's postponement of an early retirement?