In the interests of long-term fighter health and safety, UFC president Dana White has pushed fighters of a certain age to retire. This is refreshing and highly ethical on White's part, particularly given the spectacle of fighters in boxing being pushed to compete by promoters even when they clearly suffer from Dementia Pugilistica.
However, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, 38, says White better not try it with him, or he will go fight for someone else.
"If I lose again, all the media will criticize me, say that I’m not the same anymore, and maybe Dana will say it’s time to retire," Silva told Roda Viva in Brazil. "He forced Chuck Liddell to retire. He didn’t want to, and is a guy that made history in the UFC, but you have to be prepared."
"I’d say ‘thank you for everything, but I’ll continue doing what I love in other ways. I’d go to other promotions, fight in other sports, but I’d continue fighting because that’s what I love to do."
Silva intends to quickly end the fight with Weidman at UFC 168 on Dec 28, in order to dispell bizarre fan speculation that he threw the first encounter.
"The fastest I end the fight, the better," he said. "I train the hardest I can to end it quickly. People might say ‘oh, he threw the first fight’. People might say. And if I lose again, some people will say I need to retire, that Weidman is the best. It’s normal, and you have to be prepared for that."
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