There’s been a lot of speculation lately regarding the future of Anderson Silva. But the fighter’s co-manager doesn’t believe the legend’s fighting career is over, despite his issues with the UFC.
Recently Silva relayed that he’s not at all happy with the UFC’s decision to tap Georges St-Pierre for a fight with middleweight champ, Michael Bisping. According to Silva, initially, he was told he’d be facing GSP if the star returned. In addition, Silva demanded that the UFC book him to fight Yoel Romero for an interim, middleweight title, but Dana White has said that’s not going to happen.
More recently, Silva posted a statement online, whereby the former champ discussed the importance of saying no, and not being devalued. So. Ya. People are wondering what’s next for “The Spider”.
Well, MMA Junkie recently caught up with Silva’s co-manager, Jorge Guimares. Here is some of what the latter had to say about Silva:
“He feels like every time those guys need him, he steps up to the plate, and it doesn’t happen the other way around,”
“I think he’s far from retired,” Guimaraes said. “I watched him training, and it’s pretty impressive. He’s healthier than ever. He’s watching his diet. That’s one thing he didn’t do before. Now, he’s on top of it.”
Silva has stepped up for the UFC several times, by agreeing to take fights at 205. Case in point, last summer when Jon Jones was pulled from UFC 200 during fight week, Silva agreed to face light-heavyweight champ, Daniel Cormier. Of course, White probably has his own take on what the company’s done for Silva in return…
So, now it will be interesting to see what comes next for Silva. It certainly sounds like the UFC is going to have to table something big for the Brazilian star.