Despite being 37 years old and running out of legitimate contenders, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva isn’t looking to hang up his trademark yellow-and-black trunks at any point in the immediate future. In fact, according to Silva, he’ll be fighting well into his forties as long as his body holds up.
“Every time I set my training camp it pleases me I can be part of this select group of fighters. While I have the strength physical and mentally, I’ll do what I love to do, I’ll do it,” said Silva at the post-event press conference for UFC 148 after successfully defending his title against Chael Sonnen earlier in the evening. “The Spider” even went so far as to tease another decade in MMA.
“I’m very motivated. The fact I’m here, doing what I love,” Silva continued. “My greatest motivation is to be here with this guys who are part of history, like Tito Ortiz. Before I even started Tito was making history.”
“I feel great to be able to do my job, being here and give fans joy like we did today,” he concluded.
As far as what’s next for Silva, the sensational scrapper shrugged off the notion of calling out any specific opponents, only joking that his clone would make for a worthwhile contender to the divisional crown.
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