Despite prior claims and previous flirtations with fighting outside of his middleweight division, Anderson Silva stated during Tuesday’s UFC 117 conference call that he’s currently the champion of the class he wants to retire in.
“I like my weight division that I fight in and I’m prepared to stay in my weight division,” Silva said through translator and manager, Ed Soares. “[I want] to retire fighting in this weight category.”
“The Spider” owns a dominant 26-4 professional record and is perfect through his 11 lopsided Octagon scraps, including two light heavyweight highlight reels. MMA’s nastiest 185-pounder has looked borderline bored in his last three title defenses, much to the dismay of UFC president Dana White. The brash promoter has threatened to serve the Brazilian his walking papers if his F-game ever reemerged.
Silva puts his title on the line August 7th against bitter rival Chael Sonnen, who has quickly emerged as the sport’s best antagonist. While the challenger has done everything in his power to rattle the king’s cage, the rest of the division may be wishing he let this sleeping dog lie.