When Anderson Silva told SporTV he was planning to retire - "I'll retire next year, I already gave my all. I don't need to prove anything for anyone and within one year I'll put my gloves aside." -- he wasn't kidding. Not even a little.
In a recent interview with Sherdog.com, the "Spider" said he's still planning to call it quits once his contract with the UFC expires. Though he has six fights left on his contract, Silva estimates he'll be officially out of the Octagon by June of next year, meaning he's penciled in for a fight a month, starting with Patrick Cote at UFC 90.
"Everything has its time," Silva told Sherdog.com in an exclusive video interview, "and I believe my time is already over."
The UFC middleweight champ denied financial reasons as motives for leaving the fight game - he gets paid less than many UFC brawlers, including non-titleholders - and responding simply with:
"... I'm a humble person who has an ordinary life ... I never did it for money ... Everything I could do for MMA, I already did. Now it's time to help the new generation."
- Silva: ‘My Time Is Already Over' (Sherdog.com)