At 38-years old, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva only has a handful of fights left in him before he calls it a career. When that day comes, a number of fans will undoubtedly let out a sad sigh and UFC President Dana White will be among them.
White recently spoke about the impact Silva’s eventual retirement will have on the MMA landscape, comparing “The Spider” to NBA legend Michael Jordan.
“I think that’s one of the things people don’t really think about or realize, but the day that comes when that man says ‘I’m going to retire’ it’s going to suck.”
“It’s literally like when Jordan went away in basketball. How many games do they have a year in basketball, 80-something games? Whatever the number is and you took it for granted every night that Jordan played right up until he left. I think that’s going to be the case with Anderson Silva too.”
“When he fights I’m like ‘oh sh*t something crazy’s going to happen tonight. If you look at the Vitor (Belfort) kick, what he did to Vitor, when Bonnar throws that spinning back kick and he steps to the side and then steps back in. He put his hands down and letting him hit him.”
“I think every time this guy goes out there he has some crazy, weird way to challenge himself, and just kind of play with things. You know how confident you’ve got to be in your f*cking abilities, and your chin, and your skills and your age and all that sh*t, and how absolutely f*cking bad ass you’ve got to be to do the things that this guy does.”
SOURCE: Bleacher Report
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