Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has set a number of records during his time as a ZUFFA employee, including most consecutive title defenses (10) and most wins without a loss inside the Octagon (16).
"The Spider" added to those impressive stats by signing an unprecedented 10-fight contract to compete for the Las Vegas, Nevada-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion for the remainder of his combat sports career.
Whether or not he actually fulfills it, is another story.
The Brazilian striker is currently 38 years old, and if he fights once or even twice a year, Silva could find himself fighting much younger and stronger competition at the age of 44 or 45. And while Silva doesn't look a day over 25 when he steps into the Octagon to do what he does best, he does have other desires he wants to fulfill.
And as long as he's under an ironclad contract with UFC, it will remain strictly that -- a desire -- because Dana White and Co. have never been fond of letting their top-level talent take part in other extracurricular activities.
"No, everything is a possibility, but it's really going to come down to my willpower and my desire to still be fighting. I have a lot of other things that I want to do, a lot of other desires, and one of those is fighting Roy Jones, but we're just going to have to see how things work out in the next few fights and how I feel."
First up for Silva on his massive deal is a scrap against Chris Weidman at UFC 162, which goes down on July 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
There is always the possibility of a taking part in fantasy fights. But that number has gone down by one, seeing as how UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre chose to pass on the chance to go toe-to-toe against "The Spider," which leaves light heavyweight champ Jon Jones as the only viable option, as far as big money "super fights" for Silva go.
Of course, a loss to Weidman in "Sin City" over Fourth of July Weekend could prove catastrophic for all of Silva's desires, inside the UFC as well as out.