Anderson Silva has an incredible winning streak to his name. Prior to Saturday night Silva hadn’t lost since December of 2004. He has held the UFC Middleweight Title since October of 2006, but he won’t seek to reclaim it.
“Chris is the champion now,” said Silva, via Sherdog.com. “I’ve finished my working. I won’t fight for the belt anymore. Chris is the new champion. No, [I’m not retiring]. I have 10 more fights [on my contract], but I won’t fight any more for the belt. I’m tired. My time for the belt is finished now.”
Silva is 38 years old now at the end of a 17 fight winning streak. He is likely in the twilight of his career, so pursuing the title as he nears his 40th birthday would seem bold.
In a post fight press conference Chris Weidman said he’d be open to a rematch.
“No one is invincible,” Weidman said. “Respect to Anderson. I would love to have a rematch. I didn’t want to say it during my camp, but I looked up to that guy for a long time.”