Apparently, Anderson Silva is getting bored beating people up. At a time when the UFC is doing everything in their promotional playbook to build Anderson Silva into a mainstream mixed martial arts superstar, Silva has declared that he’s proven everything he has to prove, and sometime next year, he’s going to retire.
From an interview on Brazilian channel SporTV via Intheguard.tv.
“I’ll retire next year, I already gave my all. I don’t need to prove anything for anyone and within one year I’ll put my gloves aside.”
Surprised? I am. I mean this is the same person who recently told Dana White that he wanted to fight as often as possible. Silva’s been fighting for a long time, but he’s still relatively young, and he obviously hasn’t hit the downswing in his career yet. I can understand losing the motivation to continue once you’ve accomplished your goals, but there’s still big fights out there with stars in other weight classes. Although, maybe those fights mean more to us than they do to him.
I wouldn’t worry about it too much though. When was the last time an athlete on top actually walked away and didn’t look back?
[UPDATE 9/22/08 7:00PM ET] – Anderson Silva won’t be retiring next year according to his manager, Ed Soares.
“I can guarantee you Anderson will not be retiring within the next year. He still has 6 fights on his contract.”
Well, that was quick.