Those of us who have been watching the calendar with dread as the Summer of Anderson Silva Retiring approached can relax a little. Whereas everyone involved was taking a hard line on the subject of Silva stepping down once his current contract with the UFC is up, his manager at least has softened his verbiage lately:
Manager Ed Soares says that while they’ve had talks about Silva (who turns 34 in April) retiring at age 35, those talks have been about getting Silva in a place where he’s financially secure enough that he could walk away by the time he’s 35. But just because Silva would be able to retire at 35, that doesn’t mean he’s going to.
“When he came out and we started representing him, I asked him what his long term goal was. He always said he imagined himself retiring at 35,” Soares said on HDNet’s Inside MMA. “That’s his goal. And my goal as his manager is to set him up financially so that he has a choice. Do I think he’s going to retire at 35? No, I don’t.”
Now this isn’t a guarantee that Anderson is going to stick around and shepard us through these difficult times with brutal knockouts every 3 to 4 months. But I’ll take whatever glimmer of hope I’m offered, thank you very much. Anderson Silva doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’s going to stick around until his wheels have fallen off, but you’d also imagine he’d want to lock in this #1 pound for pound thing before leaving. Fighters might pretend that this shit doesn’t matter to them, but I don’t buy that for a second.