Although Anderson Silva has said one thing, and done another, several times in his storied career, the middleweight is repeating that his days hunting for the UFC championship are over.
2014 will finish without Silva fighting, as the legend continues to recover from the horrific broken leg he suffered versus Chris Weidman in December. Thanks to the MMA gods, Silva will battle Nick Diaz at UFC 183, which will go down on January 31st in Las Vegas.
While Silva’s recovery has reportedly gone extremely well, the 39 year-old recently admitted to Brazil’s “Fantastico“, that he’s still bothered by what went down at UFC 168. The consensus G.O.A.T. said that although he feels no pain when he trains, he’s been working with a psychologist to rid himself of the mental “ghosts” that the injury produced.
In addition, Silva also repeated that he has no intention of pursuing the middleweight title. The Brazilian made similar comments earlier this year, after he announced he wouldn’t return to the Octagon until 2015.
Silva had this to say in the aforementioned interview (translation via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’m over this thing of being champion, having the title,” Silva said. “The truth is, there will only be one Ayrton Senna, there will only be one Pele, and there will only be one Anderson Silva, so whoever saw me (as champion), saw me. Who haven’t seen me (as champion), won’t see it.
“In a way you’ll see me (fight again), but not for the belt, that thing of being champion again. I don’t have patience for this. I think I’m closer to retirement every day.”
Yes, there’s no question MMA fans will also see “The Spider” in the same light as Pele and Senne etc, but is Silva being completely honest about his title aspirations? After all, this is a man who several years ago, said he was planning to retire by 35….If you recall, Silva also said he didn’t want to fight Weidman again after his first loss to the champ last July.
In other words, things can change, particularly in a sport like MMA. What if, lets say, Silva cruises through Diaz, and Weidman goes on to defeat Vitor Belfort and say “Jacare” Souza by mid 2015. What if, Silva has scored another pivotal win by the end of summer?
Sure, there’s a good chance Silva’s days of contending for a title are over, as he’ll be 40 years old by next April, but you never know. If things go well and the right cards fall in place, is it that crazy to think a third fight with Weidman could unfold?
Weidman, by the way, will battle Vitor Belfort at UFC 181 on December 6th, approximately five months after he decisioned Silva’s longtime teammate, Lyoto Machida.