Anderson Silva has reportedly agreed a new eight fight extension to his current deal, which will most likely see him end his career in the UFC.
The former middleweight champion already had seven fights left on his previous contract, but he has changed that and added a further eight fights, according to Combate.
“I had seven fights on my contract,” Silva told Combate. “I met (UFC executives) Lorenzo (Fertitta) and Dana (White) on Thursday, and that contract was canceled. We signed for another 15 fights. To make Dana crazy, I signed for 15 more fights. And to make my family crazy too.”
Bellator and anyone else told to back off
In recent years, the UFC has seen it's competition take on some of their biggest former stars for fights, with UFC Hall of Famers, Stephan Bonnar and Tito Ortiz fighting for rival, Bellator.
Silva was unlikely to see out those remaining seven fights on his contract and he's under no obligation to finish out his contract either - so it's mostly just a defensive move from other promotions and a statement of strong intent.
With that in mind, it's clear the UFC have played a part in blocking any future moves for Silva by signing the 15 fight deal.
While they can release Silva at any point if they wish, they're unlikely to do so even if he retires, just because if another promotion did come in for him - he'd have a big buyout fee.
Silva on verge of huge sponsorship switch
In the article from Combate, Silva also spoke about how he is switching his main sponsors, from Nike to Adidas.
He's the second biggest star to leave the apparel brand after UFC Light Heavyweight champ, Jon Jones was dropped following his brawl with Daniel Cormier.
It would be a big snag for the German company, especially as Silva seems focused on 'superfights' that will pull in big viewers and big attention so it's the perfect time to strike a deal.
How much they'll get out of that is unclear but if Silva beats Diaz, the hype for another big fight will stir right up with names like Georges St-Pierre being a possible opponent.
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