Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White confirmed at yesterday's Herald Square takeover (watch it here) that he's signed his reigning middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, to a new 10-fight contract.
True, he also said that back in December, but I'm sure this time he really means it.
Prior to signing on the dotted line, "The Spider" had just two fights remaining on his ZUFFA deal, one of which was going to be cashed in for his upcoming title defense against Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 162, scheduled for July 6, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And after that?
It's hard to say. The possibility of a "super fight" against reigning welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has fizzled after "Rush" recently declared he would rather cut to lightweight if he was to abandon his post at 170 pounds. That's okay, as White would rather see the Brazilian tangle with Jon Jones instead.
He calls it "the one fight he has to make."
Naturally, Silva will have to be super in his fight against Weidman to keep the conversation alive. The "All American" insists he's the man to beat the pound-for-pound king of mixed martial arts (MMA) and will have the opportunity to put his money where his mouth is this summer.
It may not matter either way for Silva.
At 37 years of age, his career will end inside the Octagon
won one way or another. Then again, the way he's been running through the middleweight division (and some of the 205-pounders), he could probably fight once per month and be no more worse for the wear.
Any guesses as to how much a 10-fight contract costs when you're the best ever?