UFC legend Anderson Silva revealed in a recent interview with UFC Brasil that he plans to retire before his middleweight title defense against Chris Weidman at UFC 162, who saw Silva lose the middleweight title after being knocked out by Weidman in the second round.
“I want to stop, I want time for myself, to stay with my family,” said Silva to UFC president Dana White and former UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta at the time, according to Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting. “I’ve been doing this for years and I’m losing touch with my children. I’m just training and training, it doesn’t work for me anymore. ”
“But one day before I started camp to fight Weidman, I was already too saturated. I never talked about it, I never used the term “if I win”. [my wife] “If I win, I will stop, I will not fight anymore. “It was a bunch of things, a lot of things led to my loss that way. Weidman had all the merits and won, he won well, but that’s what happened. “
Instead of retiring, Silva faced Weidman again at UFC 168, this time losing via the second round TKO after breaking his leg while throwing a low kick. “The Spider” said he was “100% focused in the fight” but credited Weidman for being the best man on the night of the fight.
Silva planned to retire if he had avenged his loss to Weidman, but said that “God” had other plans for him.
“I would have stopped if I had won the fight, I would not fight anymore, but I ended up breaking my leg,” said Silva. “I think it was a message from God saying,” Look, man, you’re not supposed to stop yet. It took you so long to get here and now you want to stop? “I don’t know, I think these are subliminal messages that stay in your head. “
Silva, 45, is now the longest serving fighter in the UFC 1-4 lineup in his last five bouts. The former middleweight champion last fought at UFC 237, where he suffered a first round loss to Jared Cannonier at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.