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.