Anderson Silva Reportedly Signs New 15-Fight UFC Contract

October 27, 2014
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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.

SEE ALSO: Anderson Silva UFC 183 Press Conference Video

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 “I met Lorenzo (Fertitta) and Dana (White) on Thursday and that contract was cancelled.

Anderson Silva UFC 126“We signed for another 15 fights. To make Dana crazy, I signed for 15 more fights. And to make my family crazy, too.”

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.

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  • Lucas Freire

    That’s retarded.
    He has like…16-18 fights since he came to the UFC.
    Is someone really able to see Silva still fighting seven years from now?

    • Kris-tyahn

      Hellllll NO! Unless he’s figthing on the under card…. bahahaha! Other than that, NO!

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    Dumb. Even if he retires with 10 deals left on his contract and never fights again how does that help Anderson? If he ever wanted to break out and do his own organization years down the line that would only hinder him

  • Seth

    Calm down, he finally shows his only concern is money. That’s the only reason he signed this impossible to fulfill deal. He knows he will not win a world title again, so he just wants to earn as much money as he possibly can. Smart move from Andy.

    • Guest

      Randy couture won a world title at 44 years old, who’s to say silva can’t win another world title?

      • Seth

        Emmm…and…how many years was that? We are waaaaaaaaaaaay after times when you could be medicore fighter and get away with that, just because you were ahead of your times .-. Prime Couture wouldn’t be able to hang in todays top 10, so that was missed argument. Something else…maybe something smart?

        I admit, Anderson is way different fighter than Couture (compared to times they competed in), but still Anderson already showed a few times he can be beaten, he is coming of terrible injury which WILL change his fighting style, he’s getting older and top guys at MW/LHW are mostly younger than him – and this is young guys sport, no matter how you looking at it. New prospects and up-and-comers are way, way better than those Randy had to face. So now-days it won’t be that easy to win a title at 44. Or even younger than 44.

        • The Milkman

          If someone can do it nowadays it would only be Anderson. He’s legit only lost to one guy during his record breaking UFC career. Some could argue back to back flukes some could argue that Weidman is just that good. I think it really all depends on his next fight against Diaz and we’ll at least be able to get a better prediction of his future.

          • Seth

            …yeah, like Nick Diaz is legit today…especially not at his weight…and after losing two fights in a row…2-3 years ago…legit test, to see if Anderson is back…

            Seriously, anyone thinks Nick Diaz is legit at MW today? .-.

          • Kris-tyahn

            SETH: I completely agree with you 100%, not just with the Randy Couture “debate,” but with Silva vs. Diaz. When Diaz fights on January 31st/2015, that will make it 1 year & 10 months since he last fought. Which makes Diaz the fighter who’s more likely to have ring rust, but Silva will have the “mental disadvantage” for all but 30 secs, since Diaz doesn’t take his opponents down, nor does Diaz check leg kicks or even really use leg kicks.
            Diaz vs. Silva will be a “boxing” match, until Diaz gets KTFO! If Silva doesn’t finish Diaz, then he should take that 15 fight contract, rip that up & ask the UFC for a pink slip “contract.” Nick Diaz isn’t a legit anything in regards to rankings, considering he has fought @WW for the last few years, and hasn’t fought @ MW since “Randy Couture” was HW Champ! (see what I did there?!?)
            I’m not saying Diaz can’t be a top 10, but he has to fight more than once every 2 years & stay at the same weight division. If he lasts 25 mins with Silva, that’s pretty much a win, even if loses the decision…. WHEN HE LOSES THE DECISION!

  • DamianCross

    $200 says the leg breaks again inside of 5 fights. Who wants in?

  • Darin

    I imagine Silva will keep fighting, until he loses or suffers a major injury. How long until that happens? Maybe he’ll just keep calling out has-been welterweights… I think he’s scared to get in the cage with Weidman again.

  • Kris-tyahn

    I think this is more of a ploy to get people to talk about Silva, regardless of how unrealistic it is. -ve publicity is beter than no publicity.

  • TRT-rex

    He only Gots 4-5 fights left in him. I’m sure he re-structured the contract to make more money. He is probably getting a lot more per fight knowing he won’t finish contract. It happens in all sports. It just a business move. Good for Anderson to secure his future

  • MikeMcK83

    Silva has one of the worst styles you want to have if you wish to fight in old age. He hasn’t took a ton of damage, but speed and reflexes go. Signing a ton of fights doesn’t really matter. The ufc is just paying a premium to make sure his face doesn’t show up anywhere else.

    • Lots of it is timing, footwork distance and solid fundamentals too so I don’t think it will deteriorate too much. We’ll see how it goes.

  • Prickity Crickett

    This guy is the best ever, until now, but I don’t think he has 15 more fights in him. He’ll probably lose the last 10.

  • Austin, TX

    Now we get to see Weidman knock him out one more time. If he even gets that far. Maybe its just the showboat tour? This is all Dana and Lorenzo’s fantasy, not Anderson’s. They just can’t take no for an answer from him. It’s them not him. I almost feel bad for him. When Anderson and Shogun coach TUF they’re not even going to fight afterwards. Why not? I mean he already turned down Shogun once but since they’re going to coach TUF whats the deal? Brazil thing? No much smaller welterweights around he can try and bully? No easy accolades from 2nd tier fighters you can heap on his overrated, clown *ss?

    I can’t wait to see Weidman finish him one last time.