Anderson Silva Working on Contract Extension
Despite what many across the MMA community thought heading into UFC 237, former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva isn’t thinking about retirement.
According to Silva’s manager, Jorge Guimaraes, Silva and the UFC are currently discussing a contract renewal, despite the fact Silva still has three fights left on his current deal. Silva faces Jared Cannonier tonight in the co-main event of UFC 237.
“He’s still got plenty of firewood to burn,” Guimaraes said. “He has a very high IQ and knows how to train well. Age is just a number. He never did [recreational] drugs and never drank. He’s perfectly healthy. I think he’s in his best shape ever.”
Silva hasn’t been the same since losing the middleweight title in upset fashion to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 and breaking his leg in their UFC 168 rematch. Silva has won just one of his last seven fights — a controversial decision over Derek Brunson at UFC 208. A second win, his post-injury return against Nick Diaz at UFC 183, was ruled a No Contest after he tested positive for banned substances.
Silva’s fight with Israel Adesanya was his first since the Brunson fight — a span of two years — after another suspension from USADA, which was later shortened after it was ruled tainted supplements caused Silva to fail a late 2017 test. This fight with Cannonier represents the quickest turnaround of Silva’s career at 94 days.
Despite all of Silva’s struggles and shortcomings, Guimaraes is confident the UFC will go through with the extension.
“Oh, the deal will be absolutely renewed,” Guimaraes said. “We’ve already talked about that, and [UFC president Dana White is] interested in it. Just take a look what the boom he caused in Brazil because of that. The UFC is interested. Good things are coming.”
Original Story: ESPN