At times over the past few years UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has appeared to flirt with the idea of retirement.

After a recent victory over Vitor Belfort earlier this month though, that appears to be the furthest thing from the 35 year-old’s mind.

“I’m fine in my weight class, I do not plan on leaving my weight class, I plan on retiring in my weight class,” Silva said on Brazilian TV earlier this week. “Another 10 years fighting in my weight class, hopefully it would be 10 years of victories. It’s difficult, it’s something that is more than likely impossible to fight another 10 years without losing. But we’re going to try.”

It’s good to hear the pound-for-pound great talking in this manner, and something of a turnaround given that even his manager Ed Soares recently stated that Silva perhaps had two years left in the sport before hanging up his gloves.

Why the change in outlook? As we discussed in an article yesterday, the fact that Silva is now finally beginning to become recognized as a star in his native Brazil after defeating Belfort, may well have something to do with it.

Elsewhere in the interview Silva appears receptive to the possibility of fighting Georges St.Pierre at a catchweight later this year, and also leaves the door open for a potential fight with current UFC 205lb champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.

Watch the full interview below (Subtitles available).