As from the man himself its official, Anderson Silva is out for 2014.

In speaking with Combate the legendary fighter has confirmed that he will not be returning to the Octagon this year.

His words:

“Those predictions that (I) will fight at UFC 181 on an upcoming event or are not true. This year is already over for me.

Beyond that, Silva also appears to be stating that his days of fighting for the UFC middleweight championship have “passed.” He made the following comment in response to a question probing him about a mid-2015 return:

“The stage of champion (for) Anderson (has) passed. Fight for it was a bit far for me.”

In consideration of his remarks, Silva dodged the question completely. By stating that he wouldn’t fight in 2014 and not responding to a question about 2015, “The Spider” might be telling his fans that it’s his intention to retire from MMA.

Further evidence of that might be in Silva’s final statement to Combate. In it, “The Spider” states that he probably won’t be fulfilling his (ten fight) contract with the UFC and that his mission “was” – past tense – to make a mark for himself (“reference”) in the sport.

As Silva remarked:

I see no stopping me, but do not know if I'll have (the energy) to fulfill the contract of ten fights. For many years the family asks me to stop, and they need to understand that is what I love to do and I need to take my time. But my mission was to become a reference in the sport, and I'm able to do my part.

What fans might take from all of it – that is if he’s truly leaning towards retirement – is that he’s tired, banged up and feeling the pressure from his family to call it a day.

In consideration, fans shouldn’t be shocked to hear an official announcement from Silva regarding his retirement from MMA, but not fighting. Where Silva’s passion for mixed martial arts might have faded his dream of boxing hasn’t. In particular, “The Spider’s” dream of boxing Roy Jones Jr. hasn’t dissipated in the least. Indeed, it seems to have only become larger. Resultantly, fans might well see Silva serve out the remainder of his UFC contract in a boxing ring.

If all true, it was a great run and ride, and he was a great champion. His presence in the Octagon will be missed, but always remembered.