Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Anderson Silva celebrates after defeating Chael Sonnen (not pictured) during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
To some fighters, age is just a number.
Of course, as fighters get up there in age, they repeatedly get questioned about when they'll finally hang the gloves up for good and that was no different for "The Spider" in a recent interview with Brazilian newspaper Estadao. His answer (translated) may surprise you:
"I guess you can see more like six years of fighting. I love what I do. The team that works with me does a fantastic job. I've never had a serious injury that took myself away from competition. So I think I have this a little while longer."
It wasn't too long ago that Silva's manager, Ed Soares, mentioned that "The Spider" would only be fighting four more times in his career before retiring. Granted, that may have been some backroom political posturing to avoid rematches, but it's still out there.
With potentially six more years of fighting, there's no reason to rush top prospects like Chris Weidman into the title picture just yet, although Silva didn't mention that he would be fighting mixed martial arts for all six years.
Silva has long discussed wanting to have a boxing match against his idol Roy Jones Jr. when his MMA career is over, so that's something to consider as well.
With the Brazilian's tendency to fight only once or twice a year the past few years, I'd estimate he could squeeze in about 10 fights in a six year timespan.
Does that seem plausible to you, Maniacs?
Do you honestly see Silva fighting into his mid-40s? Who do you think he'll end up fighting next once his little vacation is over in 2013?