Anderson Silva is two years older than Fedor Emelianenko, and heavyweights tend to peak later than middleweights. At some point, The Spider is going to retire. And when he does, it will suck.
B/R's Damon Martin has the story.
"I think that's one of the things people don't really think about or realize, but the day that comes when that man says 'I'm going to retire' it's going to suck," said UFC president Dana White recently.
"It's literally like when Jordan went away in basketball. How many games do they have a year in basketball, 80-something games? Whatever the number is and you took it for granted every night that Jordan played right up until he left. I think that's going to be the case with Anderson Silva too."
"When he fights I’m like 'oh s--- something crazy's going to happen tonight. If you look at the Vitor (Belfort) kick, what he did to Vitor, when Bonnar throws that spinning back kick and he steps to the side and then steps back in. He put his hands down and letting him hit him."
"I think every time this guy goes out there he has some crazy, weird way to challenge himself, and just kind of play with things. You know how confident you've got to be in your f---ing abilities, and your chin, and your skills and your age and all that s---, and how absolutely f---ing bad ass you've got to be to do the things that this guy does."
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It isn't going to last forever, Silva will be fighting Saturday night, live on PPV.