Anderson Silva wants to fight beyond 40

It appears Dana White is guaranteed to flash at least one of his trademark grins at some point today when he hears UFC middleweight Anderson Silva’s latest statements. In fact, you might be hard-pressed to find anyone who won’t be smiling given the glorious information, at least outside of every 185 or 205 pound fighter on the UFC’s roster.

Believed to be retiring after four more fights it appears “The Spider” has had a change of heart and is now interested in continuing to spin the story of his transcendent career for at least five more years.

“I’ll fight for another six or seven years and then I’ll stop. I stopped to think about it and I’ll postpone my retirement for a little longer,” said Silva in an interview on Brazilian talk-show De Frente com Gabi before hinting at what he might do after fighting, revealing, “Then I’ll think about TV.” (props to Tatame for the translation)

Silva also reiterated his stance surrounding Chael Sonnen’s status as a top contender, explaining, ““He doesn’t deserve to fight me. The most important thing he didn’t do: defeating me. He was caught on the drug test, which was the worse. I believe he shouldn’t be on the sport, because he has no emotional control. While trying to provoke me, he makes the sport looks bad. He made bad comments, offended me and my wife.”

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Regardless of whom Silva fights next it appears the bout will no longer represent one of the final few footsteps in an incredible journey but rather the next stop in what seems to be a rejuvenated run at further solidifying his status as the best fighter MMA has seen thus far and may see for the foreseeable future.