Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is returning to face Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in January. At a recent press conference, he said that following that fight, he still had seven fights left on his current contract, and, even at 39 years of age, he intended to fulfill them all.
The task of completing his contract just got a little more daunting, however, as Silva revealed that his former 10-fight contract has been torn up, and he has inked a new 15-fight deal, which all but assures that he will finish his career in the Octagon.
“I had seven fights on my contract (not including the Diaz fight),” Silva told Combate.com. “I met Lorenzo (Fertitta) and Dana (White) on Thursday and that contract was cancelled.
Even if he were to fight three fights per year for the duration of the contract, that would keep Silva under the UFC banner until about 2020. He would be 44 years old.
Of course, Silva has yet to fully return from the devastating broken leg that he suffered last December in a losing effort against current champion Chris Weidman at UFC 168. That return will happen on Jan. 31 at UFC 183 when Silva headlines the card in a five-round non-title fight with Diaz, who is also making his return after a prolonged absence.
Silva also revealed that his revised UFC contract isn’t the only change on the business front. His sponsorship relationship with Nike has also come to an end.
“I was always a Nike fan. I like the brand. The company gave me an opportunity to fulfill a dream,” said Silva. “We’re in a good relationship with Adidas now. There’s nothing done. We’ll see how it goes from here.”
Regardless of the Adidas deal, it looks like we’re sure to be seeing a lot more of Anderson Silva in the Octagon in the years to come.