UFC president Dana White confirmed following UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II Saturday night that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva isn’t going anywhere.
Silva has signed a new 10-fight contract, which White believes could be the longest ever given to a fighter.
“I don’t think we’ve ever done a 10-fight deal. Maybe we did one with Forrest (Griffin) once,” White said. “Anderson said, ‘I want a 10-fight deal, not an eight-fight deal.’ I’ll give him a 100-fight deal if he wants one.”
Griffin was the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter and is a former UFC light heavyweight champion. Along with Stephan Bonnar, Griffin is credited with helping start the UFC explosion after they battled on Spike TV for the TUF title.
Silva is expected to face Michael Bisping next if Bisping gets past Vitor Belfort in January. White stated that by signing a 10-fight contract, “The Spider” is looking at “three more years” of fighting, as he is already 38 years old.