Anderson Silva says ‘I’m over this thing of being champion’, close to retirement

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Anderson Silva was potentially the greatest UFC champion of all time. Dana might say Matt Hughes, but Anderson is the consensus number one. We all know he got knocked out cold by Chris Weidman and in the rematch we saw his like snap in half and flop like cooked spaghetti. He has been quiet for the most part since then only coming out when he has something meaningful to say. Despite having a huge fight with Nick Diaz approaching he is already thinking about retirement and has come to terms that another championship run is not in the cards.

Anderson Silva spoke with Fantastico about not wanting to be champion again. He also spoke about his retirement drawing near, confirming what many including us have speculated about. He will be remembered as the GOAT at 185 regardless of the Diaz fight outcome most likely. He, like us, draws comparisons to the best in other sports and rightfully so. Anderson’s patience is also thin as you would expect from a fighter nearing the end of his career.

“I’m over this thing of being champion, having the title. The truth is, there will only be one Ayrton Senna, there will only be one Pele, and there will only be one Anderson Silva, so whoever saw me (as champion), saw me. Who haven’t seen me (as champion), won’t see it.

“In a way you’ll see me (fight again), but not for the belt, that thing of being champion again. I don’t have patience for this. I think I’m closer to retirement every day.

 

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