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Anderson Silva: I won’t stop fighting until I get my title back

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Anderson Silva changed his plans for the future. It’s normal.

The former UFC middleweight champion, who said multiple times he would never fight for the UFC title again, being "closer to retirement every day," has other plans for the future,

Slated to meet Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, "The Spider" said he won’t hang up his gloves until he challenges the middleweight champion one more time.

"Look, besides returning well in 2015, my project in the UFC is only one: I won’t stop (fighting) until I get my title back," Silva said in an interview to Veja. "I want to at least try."

Earlier this month, the Brazilian fighter said he would never be in a UFC title fight again.

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"I’m over this thing of being champion, having the title," he said. "The truth is, there will only be one Ayrton Senna, there will only be one Pele, and there will only be one Anderson Silva, so whoever saw me (as champion), saw me. Who haven’t seen me (as champion), won’t see it.

"In a way you’ll see me (fight again), but not for the belt, that thing of being champion again. I don’t have patience for this. I think I’m closer to retirement every day."

Silva (33-6) dominated the UFC middleweight division since 2006, losing twice to Chris Weidman in 2013.

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