UFC Quick Quote: Anderson Silva retiring from MMA akin to Michael Jordan retiring from basketball

Mike Powell

The day will come when you will look back in time and say, "Yeah, I watched that guy fight." But will you be talking about Anderson Silva?

"Yeah, I think that's one of the things people don't really think about, or realize, but the day that that man says 'I'm going to retire' it's gonna suck. It's literally like when Michael Jordan went away in basketball. How many games do they have a year in basketball, 80 something games ? Whatever the number is we took it for granted every night Jordan played right up until he left. It's going to be like that when Anderson decides he has finished."

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White (via Telegraph.co.uk) reflects on the storied career of mixed martial arts (MMA) great Anderson Silva, who defends his middleweight title for a record eleventh time this Saturday night (July 6, 2013) against undefeated challenger Chris Weidman at the UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" pay-per-view (PPV) event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Silva, like Jordan in his heyday, has been without equal since his 2006 debut and will likely leave a sizable hole in the ZUFFA roster when he decides to hang up his gloves for good -- unless he hangs around too long and gets pushed around for a couple of more fights. Crazier things have happened and "The Spider" has a huge contract to fill. But how long will he stick around inside the cage? The answer may depend on this weekend's result. See it here.

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