MANILA – Although Chael Sonnen wants to fight Anderson Silva for the third time, he thinks it would be good for the former UFC middleweight champion to retire.
Silva is currently recuperating from the horrible leg injury he sustained against Chris Weidman in UFC 168 last December. The Brazilian vowed to return as soon as his leg gets healed.
Sonnen, however, said the future UFC hall-of-famer should consider calling it quits since he has nothing more to prove.
“I hope that Anderson retires because there is nothing left to him achieve. He made money enough to sustain a lot of generations of his family,” he said in Bloody Elbow.
The “American Gangster” has lost to Silva twice.
Sonnen challenged the Brazilian in 2010 but lost via triangle choke. Two years later, they fought in a rematch where Silva won by stoppage.
Silva, however, lost his title when he was knocked out by Weidman in 2013. He tried to reclaim the title several months later, but accidentally broke his leg when Weidman blocked his low kick.
“I hope Anderson look back and be proud of his career and understand that we all see him as great champion,” said Sonnen.
“I hope that he can understand that but I'm worried that he doesn't. Fighters in particular always stay in this sport too long, the same happens to me, it is hard to leave the Octagon because fighting is fun and is the only thing that we do.”