At the UFC 148 post-fight press conference, Middleweight champion Anderson Silva says he does not plan to retire any time soon.
“I love doing it, I’ve been doing it since I was 10. Every time I set my training camp it pleases me I can be part of this select group of fighters. While I have the strength physical and mentally, I’ll do what I love to do, I’ll do it," said Silva, relating that he hopes to fight for ten more years.
“I’m very motivated. The fact I’m here, doing what I love… Everybody had the privilege to see at the weigh-n something never seen in history. My greatest motivation is to be here with this guys who are part of history, like Tito. Before I even started Tito was making history."
“Chael came to fight and to do what he does best: take me down. The difference this time was that I wasn’t injured. My game plan was letting him do what he does best, lock him on his own game and then strike."
“I feel great to be able to do my job, being here and give fans joy like we did today. Chael did his work, just like we did. Unfortunately, some win and some lose. It’s normal. We’re here to put on a geat show for you guys."
So who is next?
“It was a great fight, let’s sit and talk about it," said UFC President Dana White. "There are still some fights to come and we’ll decide who the next challenger is. I honestly don’t know."
Asked who deserved a shot at the title, Silva got the attention of all when he asked “Do you really wanna know the answer to this question?”
"My clone," said a smiling Silva.
“Oh, this clone thing again (laughs)”, joked White.
So is there Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva superfight on the horizon? Not really.
“I never tell the guys to go down or up," said White. "Anderson is the best in the sport. I guess he’s the best MMA fighter ever."
“Unless someone calls me saying they want to change… (Anderson Silva) doesn’t want to. He fought there a couple of times. He never had problems cutting weight. He likes this division and he dominates it."
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