According to UFC president Dana White, the much discussed, long-term contract sought by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva may be a done deal.
White, conversing with fans during a sponsored Q&A session Monday, left room for interpretation claiming "as far as I know" Silva's new deal is for 10 fights.
"I haven't talked to Anderson in about a month, but as far as I know, it's done,"
Silva already had two fights remaining on his current deal, including his upcoming title bout with Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in July. Silva has held the promotion's 185lbs strap since 2006 after dethroning then-champ, Rich Franklin. A victory over Weidman would mean an unprecedented 11th title defense, making him the most successful UFC champion in promotional history.
At 37, it may take Silva nearly five years to complete the contract if current trends continue. He hasn't fought three times in a single year since 2008 and has competed just twice each the last four years.
While non-title superfights have been discussed with both light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Silva seems apathetic to the prospects. With St-Pierre admitting recently he may rather pursue fights in the lightweight division, a match against the much larger Silva may be out of reach.