OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07: Anderson Silva speaks to the crowd after defeating Chael Sonnen in the UFC Middleweight Championship bout to retain his title at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is 37 years old, but apparently he's not thinking about slowing down or retiring anytime soon. In an interview with Brazilian newspaper Estadao, he thinks he can go for a while longer. Six years longer:
"I guess you can see more like six years of fighting. I love what I do. The team that works with me does a fantastic job. I've never had a serious injury that took myself away from competition. So I think I have this a little while longer."
It's an interesting debate to me. Not long ago, Silva's manager Ed Soares was telling anyone that would listen that Anderson was winding down his career and only wanted big-money fights. That was part of the reasoning behind turning down a bout with Chris Weidman as well. But if he's going to fight until he's 43, I think he still needs to defend the belt against all comers and not pick and choose what he wants. Honestly I don't see him fighting until 2018, but stranger things have happened.
As for what's next, we know that Anderson has shut it down for the rest of 2012 and is looking for a superfight with UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. I have my doubts about whether it will happen (especially at 180 pounds), but we'll have to wait and see.