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Anderson Silva Backs Off Retirement Talk, Agrees To Fight Belfort

Anderson SilvaSince last year, Anderson Silva has led us to believe he would retire once he finishes his current contract with the UFC (three fights left for those counting).

Some people believed him, some didn’t, I personally went back and forth, but if you were one of the ones who doubted his intentions all along, congratulations, it’s beginning to look like you were right. In an interview with Sensei SporTV (translation via Fighter’s Only), Anderson Silva admits he’s reconsidering early retirement.

“I see my students improving in the training, I talk to Minotauro and start to become doubtful whether it’s time to stop… My family wants me retired, the sooner the better, but I don’t know whether I would be happy if I got retired now.”

Silva also confirmed that he has verbally agreed to fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 108, which means this fight is all but signed. What’s interesting is Anderson doesn’t think Vitor is going to stand with him.

“I don’t think, I’m sure he wouldn’t fight me standing. Nobody would exchange hits with me,” the champion says. To him, it seems illogical for anyone to want to compete with him in stand up. “If I went to face someone from jiu-jitsu, I wouldn’t go to the floor,” he explains.

Anderson might be the only fighter in the world who can say that about Vitor Belfort with a straight face and get away with it. That said, I fully expect Vitor to stand and trade with him for better or worse.

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