Recently Anderson Silva’s manager Ed Soares declared that the long-time UFC middleweight champion would only fight four more times before calling time on his remarkable career, but it appears Silva has since had a change of heart.

In a new interview on Brazilian TV station Globo, Silva reveals that he has plans to fight until at least 2018.

“I’ll fight for another six or seven years and then I’ll stop,” he said on the ““De frente com Gabi” show. “I stopped to think about it and I’ll postpone my retirement for a little longer. Then I’ll think about TV. I guess it’s interesting.”

If he did follow through with that plan it would mean that Silva will still be fighting when he’s 42, and given that he’s currently the most dominant champion in the sport at the age of 36 that doesn’t seem like such an outlandish idea.

Having said that, Silva hasn’t suffered a defeat in almost six years and it’s hard to say whether his plans would change if he did suddenly find his unparalleled UFC winning streak come to an end.

For now though it’s just good to know that this legendary fighter’s career is not about to come to a close just yet.

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