It appears that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva doesn't agree with what his manager has to say regarding his "impending" retirement. Ed Soares had made some waves a few weeks ago by saying that Anderson is 36 and will probably retire after four more fights. When asked about it, Anderson sang a completely different tune to UOL (translation by Tom Mendes):
It’s not true. As one of my trainer’s say, I still have a lot of bottles to sell. I think I will still fight for another six to seven years. Four years ago I was a bit stressed. I had mentioned to my teacher Minotauro that I would stop after a year. He said there was no reason to do so, and then I stopped thinking about it, had another fight and so I thought; "I will postpone my retirement for some time".
This is the second time in recent weeks that Anderson has publicly rebuked his manager. After Black House posted a photo featuring Soares and Chael Sonnen on their page, Anderson decided to share his feelings:
"I didn’t like this photograph either. I take this opportunity to say that only I myself can speak about my fights, my plans and career."
Soares has been the sole mouthpiece for Silva for a long time, and it's interesting to see Anderson firing back like this. In terms of retirement, Anderson certainly doesn't look like a man that's slowing down or is inching towards retirement, and I always found the "four fights" stuff by Soares to be strange. Will we see Anderson fighting for the next seven years? I doubt it. But I think it will be for a whole lot longer than four more fights, and that's a good thing for UFC fans.