01 Jan Dana White undecided on what’s next for Anderson Silva – but it won’t be Anthony Pettis
When Anderson Silva retires, he will leave the sport as one of the greatest UFC champions in history and arguably near the top of the list as the best to ever compete in the sport of mixed martial arts.
The 45-year-old veteran is currently recovering from knee surgery from back in May that came almost exactly one year after his last appearance in the UFC when he fell to Jared Cannonier by TKO.
Silva is just 1-6 with one no contest in his past eight fights but with two bouts remaining on his current deal, the former middleweight king still hopes to fulfill his contract before calling it a career.
Just recently, Silva engaged in some back-and-forth with both Conor McGregor and Anthony Pettis on potential fights when he makes his return. While McGregor eventually retired, Pettis was still a possible option but UFC president Dana White doesn’t seem all that interested in making that fantasy matchup a reality.
“I’m going to tell you why I’m not crazy [about that fight],” White explained when speaking to ESPN. “You got a guy who fought at 145 pounds at one time and a guy who’s in the conversation for GOAT at 185 pounds and walks around at 210, 215 [pounds].
“It’s not really a big fight that means something. I like making fights that mean something. I’m not crazy about that fight.”
White admits that he’s not exactly sure what to do with Silva once he’s healthy enough to fight again.
There’s little doubt Silva will go into the UFC Hall of Fame once his career is done but White doesn’t seem to know what direction to take the legendary Brazilian with two fights left on his contract.
“I honestly don’t know what to do with his last two fights,” White said. “When Anderson’s really ready to fight, we’ll sit down we’ll look at it and figure out what we think makes sense for him next.
“There’s a lot of things in the decision making process with an Anderson Silva. His age, what he gets paid, all that stuff’s important.”