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Anderson Silva likely to sign 10-fight UFC deal


LAS VEGAS -- If Anderson Silva has his way, he'll fight 10 more times in the UFC before he calls it a career.

And as far as UFC president Dana White is concerned, the UFC middleweight champion can fight as many times as he wants.

Asked by reporters the MGM Grand following UFC 155 where things stand in Silva's contract negotiations, White said "He'll sign a 10-fight deal. I don't think we've ever done a 10-fight deal. Maybe we've done something with Forrest [Griffin] or something like that. But Anderson said ‘I want a 10-fight deal, not an eight-fight deal.' I'll give him a 100-fight deal."

Silva, the UFC middleweight champion since 2006, has two fights left on his current contract. The champion turns 38 in April, making a 10-fight deal seem like a bit of a stretch, but White said age isn't a concern with a fighter who has rewritten the UFC record book.

"Ten more fights realistically is three years," White said. "The guy's 38 but he doesn't look it."

White deflected questions on whether a new deal would make Silva, on a per-fight basis, the highest-paid fighter in company history.

"He's going to be paying the light bill, I'll tell you that," White said.