Anderson Silva Reveals Ed Soares Wanted Him To Retire

Anderson Silva was particularly short with the media at last weeks UFC 117 conference call ahead of his fight with Chael Sonnen, but in a new interview with fellow Brazilian Marcelo Alonso for the middleweight champion was far more receptive.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the interview is when Silva moves on to talk about retirement.

“I’ve been thinking about this recently, but I talked with [Antonio] Rodrigo Nogueira and he advised me to keep fighting,” Silva reveals.

Apparently not everyone has been giving him the same advice as Big Nog however.

“There was a time when many people were pestered me to stop – my children, my friends, Ed [Soares] among others,” he admits.

Now family and friends I can understand, but did his manager Ed Soares really talk to him about retiring?

Luckily Soares was on hand to provide an immediate answer.

“I want him to stop when he feels good,” says Soares, who manages many of Brazil’s best fighters.  “I want him to stop while he’s the best.  He’s the best today and I’d like him to retire the same way.   As he always say, I want him to stop before the others stop him.”

It seems that despite that advice he is focused on continuing with his career which currently sees him riding an 11 fight win streak since joining the UFC.

“The truth is people want me to stop, but I’ll stop a lot of people before anyone stop me,” concludes.

Watch his full subtitled interview with Alonso below.

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