Anderson Silva’s long reign as the UFC’s middleweight champion came to an abrupt end tonight against Chris Weidman as his showboating antics cost him dearly, but afterwards he indicated he won’t now hang up his gloves.

In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan in the Octagon, the 38 year-old denied that he would retire, but admitted that he was tired after his long career in the sport and wanted to spend time with his family.

He suggested that he might still see out the remainder of his recently signed 10-fight deal, but in a surprising move he stated that he wasn’t interested in an immediate rematch with Weidman.

In fact, he claimed that he no longer had a desire to fight for the title, stating, “my legacy for the belt is over tonight,” which leaves a big question mark over exactly what he does plan on doing instead.

Unfortunately he didn’t provide an answer so speculation is going to be rife about what that may be, with a possible move up to light-heavyweight, continuing to pursue ‘superfights’ with Jon Jones and GSP, or a boxing match with Roy Jones Jr amongst the possibilities.

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  1. The rematch will happen, Dana will get into that Silva’s ear about it because that event will rake in $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

  2. Hope so, it’d be nice to Silva actually fight rather than just put on a song and dance routine in the Octagon. That being said, if he wanted to move up to light-heavyweight I’d like to see that too.

  3. So what happens now? Where do we go from here? i just watched the fight now after avoiding all media/news for 24hours until i got the chance to sit down and watch the fights….and we got no new news? what is silva dana everyone doing about this? or what are they saying?

  4. No-one knows for sure. Dana’s convinced that Silva will change his mind and opt for the rematch once he’s had time to think things through. He even went as far as suggesting doing the rematch in New Jersey next year during Superbowl weekend (February).

    Silva’s not saying anything other than he wants to spend time with his family for now though.