Anderson Silva says he plans to retire in 2012, before losing knockout to Chris Weidman


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In a new interview, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva said he wanted to retire in 2012 before his first fight with Chris Weidman at UFC 162.

Silva was the No. 1 pound fighter in the sport at the time and came out of a 17-game winning streak culminating in a vicious TKO against Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153. There was talk of a super fight against the UFC Welterweight champion George St. Pierre and Silva were present for GSP’s victory over Carlos Condit at UFC 154, but the fight never came to fruition for any reason. When the fight against the GSP did not take place, Silva had planned to retire.

In a recent interview with the UFC, Silva admitted that he told the UFC in late 2012 that he wanted to retire. Silva says UFC president Dana White and former owner Lorenzo Fertitta bought him a new Bentley in what he thinks is a bribe to keep him fighting even if he wants to stop to smoke and spend time with family.

“I want to stop, I want time for myself, to stay with my family. I’ve been doing this for years and I’m losing touch with my kids. I’m just training and training, it doesn’t work for me anymore, “said Silva (via

Silva then agreed to fight the undefeated Weidman at UFC 162, but said if he won that fight, he was ready to retire. He ended up losing and canceled these retirement plans.

“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”. I said to (my wife), “If I win, I will stop, I will not fight again,” said Silva.

Silva then lost the rematch to Weidman at UFC 168 and broke his leg in the process. He says if he won the rematch, he would have retired that night.

“I would have stopped if I had won the fight, I would not fight anymore, but I ended up breaking my leg. I think it was a message from God saying, “Look, man, you are 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,” said Silva.

Unfortunately for Silva, failing to retire in the first place caused her seven years of bad luck in the Octagon. From 2013 to 2019, Silva went 1-6, 1 NC inside the Octagon, going from a 33-4 record at the peak of its career to a record of 34-10, 1 NC now, this who tarnished his legacy in the eyes of some fans. If he had pulled out in the first place, the losing skid would never have happened, but then again, it’s easy to look back and say “what if”. Despite his recent woes, Silva is still one of the best to ever fight in MMA. .

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