by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The future of Anderson Silva in the UFC starts with a match-up next weekend with Chael Sonnen with his middleweight title on the line. Following that fight, if he’s victorious, the Brazilian has been asked about fights against the champion at 205 pounds and the champion at 170 pounds.
In Silva’s mind, regardless of what happens next, he’s happy at middleweight and intends to retire there.
“I haven’t gotten bored,” Silva stated on a UFC 117 media conference call. “I like my sport, I like my weight division that I fight in, and I’m prepared to stay in my weight division.”
In the past, Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, has stated that his client is ultimately about the biggest fights out there, regardless of weight class. Silva went up to 205 pounds a couple of times in the last two years and scored crushing knockouts over James Irvin and former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin.
A potential mega-fight with current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has also been discussed at great length, but Silva doesn’t want to talk about fighting the Canadian until he gets through the Oregonian.
“What I’m really thinking about is the fight, my fight next week. I’m not really thinking much further than that,” Silva responded when asked about St-Pierre.
Whether the current middleweight champion goes up or down in weight, he still believes there are challenges ahead for him, and those challenges will ultimately lead to his career ending in the division that has made him famous.
“He said that he wants to retire fighting in his weight category,” Soares told reporters after Silva responded in Portuguese.
That obviously doesn’t shut the door on possible fights in other weight classes, but it looks like no matter what happens down the road, Anderson Silva will always return home to the middleweight division.