The UFC’s reigning and defending middleweight champion, who surpassed Emelianenko in most people’s minds as the greatest mixed martial artist ever, squashed any retirement rumors on Tuesday with a simple one word answer.
When asked about rumors that he might retire after his UFC 148 main event fight against Chael Sonnen – win, lose or draw – Silva was happy to put those to rumors to rest.
“Nope,” Silva answered with a sly look on his face.
For years, Silva has toyed with the idea of retirement and maybe with good reason.
He’s entering his 10th consecutive title defense, already a record he owns in the UFC history books; he’s been undefeated since 2006 (when he lost by disqualification, but otherwise hasn’t been defeated since 2004); and he faced almost every top ranked middleweight over the last six years.
Add to that the fact that, at 37 years of age, Silva isn’t getting any younger and he doesn’t have a lot left to prove.
But judging by the fire that Silva showed at Tuesday’s UFC 148 press conference, there is plenty of fuel left in the tank. So if he’s able to dispose of Chael Sonnen on Saturday night, it appears there will be more fights from the greatest champion in UFC history.