38-year-old Anderson Silva, the man many consider the greatest mixed martial artist in the young sport's history, has signed a new 10 fight contract with the UFC. Since Silva has been loudly proclaiming his intention to retire from the sport on-and-off for years this came as a surprise to some.
Silva spoke to John Morgan via an interpreter:
"Maybe there's a contradiction lost in translation. I wanted to do four more fights, and they said eight, so I said, 'Whatever. Let's do eight, 10. Let's do however many fights you want.' They got on that ride and offered me 10 fights, and that's what I signed.
"It all depends," Silva said. "Ten fights is about six years, so we'll see what happens in the meantime. I hope that I'm still inspired and that I still have the will power and the desire to go out there and fight. But I'm happy.
"I'm well-treated by Dana and Lorenzo (Fertitta) and everyone in the UFC, and I hope to continue having this desire to fight and go in there and train. But it's a matter of time. We have to go in there and see what's going to happen in the next few years."
For his part UFC president Dana White insists it was Silva who wanted the long-term deal.