Anderson Silva, the current UFC middleweight champion, conducted an interview with a Brazilian TV show recently where he discussed his “impending” retirement and challenger Chael Sonnen.
A few weeks ago, Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, made comments about “The Spider” and his career. Soares said that Silva may only have a few fights left before he hangs it up, but that doesn’t seem to be how the champion feels.
“I’ll fight for another six or seven years and then I’ll stop,” said Silva (thanks to Tatame.com for transcribing). “I stopped to think about it and I’ll postpone my retirement for a little longer. Then I’ll think about TV.”
As for Sonnen, who has made it his career obsession to torment Silva, the pound-for-pound king said, “He doesn’t deserve to fight me. I believe he shouldn’t be in the sport because he has no emotional control. While trying to provoke me, he makes the sport look bad. He made bad comments, offended me and my wife.”
Sonnen called out Silva for a rematch next February during the UFC show on Super Bowl weekend. Sonnen was submitted by Silva when they met last year.