The UFC’s current middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva has made some startling statements recently on Brazilian television. When interviewed on SporTV’s show “Sensei SporTV”, the dominant champ who has buzzsawed through the 185 lbs division, said the following.

“I’ll retire next year, I already gave my all. I don’t need to prove anything for anyone and within one year I’ll put my gloves aside.”

This could very well be a reflection of Silva’s recent requests to Dana White for more frequent action inside the octagon. Keep in mind, Anderson is already 33 years old and perhaps he wishes to go out on top. With Brett Favre and other professional sport noteables having attempted extended careers with not-as-expected results, who can really blame the Brazilian mauy thai specialist for wanting to step aside when he feels the time is right.

“The Spider” will step into the cage to take on #1 contender Patrick Cote at UFC 90: “Silva vs Cote” on October 25. For all the latest updates on the possible retirement of Anderson Silva, keep it tuned here to 6th-Round.com.