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Anderson Silva Will Be on Vacation Until 2013, If That’s Cool

(Ooooooh this guy just makes me so mad!)

Considering the ongoing feeding frenzy in the middleweight division, MMA fans have been waiting to hear what’s next for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Well hold onto your asses, because the answer is…nothing? With a matchup against #1 contender Chris Weidman officially nixed, the Spider has decided to just chillax until 2013, and then select his next opponent, because that’s what champions do. As Dana White explained:

Anderson said he wants to take some time off until after the end of this year, [then] we’ll start talking to him. [Chris Weidman] is in a great spot. The kid looked fantastic, demolished the number three guy. Demolished in spectacular fashion. He’s got the right to call out whoever he wants [but] he’s gonna have to wait, or fight [somebody else first], because Anderson’s gonna fight after the end of the year.”

Look Andy, you don’t want to fight Weidman, we get it. In the grand scheme of life, love, and pay-per-view buys, he’s small potatoes. And you think that if you take half a year off, maybe Weidman will have to fight again (and maybe lose), or perhaps he’ll die of natural causes. This is your plan, basically.

The problem is, taking an extended hiatus at the age of 37 is never a wise move for a professional athlete. Eventually, you’ll have to come back, and there’s a good chance that Chris Weidman will still be waiting there, still improving at an alarming rate. Trust me, you want to fight this kid now, not next Spring.

The bottom line is, Silva doesn’t think it’s in his best interest to fight the guy who happens to be next in line right now, and nobody can force him to sign a contract, so he’s waiting until the situation changes. Perhaps he’s biding his time for a superfight against Georges St. Pierre — which keeps popping up as a rumor — but that would assume that GSP doesn’t suffer another injury during his fight against Carlos Condit in November.

So what do you think about Silva’s long vacation? Will it be a bad move for his career? And should UFC champions even be allowed to say “screw it, I’m not fighting”?

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ArmFarmer- September 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm
@pen fifteen Skill and talent is absolutely worthless without an employer to pay you for your skills and talent. No one fighter is bigger than the organization or the sport. Any fighter on the ufc roster could walk away from the sport today, and it would barely be a drop in the bucket. There will always be the next hughes, gracie, silva, rua, gsp, jones, hendo etc. right around the corner.
ArmFarmer- September 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm
I'm not saying that Silva doesn't work for his money, just trying to give a general explanation for the difference between slavery and employment because some of you don't appear to grasp the concept. I do agree that if you are a champion and you go a year without fighting, then you aren't doing your job and are costing your company money, and should be stripped until such time that you return to work. At which point you would have to earn it back in a unification or regular title fight.
ArmFarmer- September 5, 2012 at 11:57 am
I used to work with someone like BossNasty. Guy was hired as a favor to someone else to do a job he wasn't qualified for, but it was an easy job anyway. Whenever he was asked to actually do some work, out came the slave references. I'll tell Boss the same thing I told him.. slaves don't get paid, they don't get paid time off, and they don't have the option to quit or retire whenever they want. This is how employment works.. someone busts their ass to build a company, then they pay you to work for them. If you are being paid to do a job you aren't doing, then it's not unreasonable to give your position (belt) to someone else. If you just decide you don't want to work anymore, then you quit.. you don't keep coming to work everyday, tell everyone you're a slave, do nothing, and then collect a paycheck. I swear most of these commenters must be either unemployed or work retail.. and bossnasty is probably on welfare.. some of you clearly don't understand how employment works.
Pen Fifteen- August 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm
Again, your analogies fail at every turn. An Anderson Silva fight is not a widget that can be cranked out by any retard who can pull a handle (I'll avoid getting in to your laughable ignorance toward the concept of global political economy; just do yourself a favor and google "history of colonialism"). Like I said, are you going to shell out $65 to watch Michael Bisping and Chris Weidman fight for the "middleweight world title"? I sure as fuck am not, and neither will anyone else as long as Anderson Silva has not been hit by a bus (great work with this analogy too). So come on, tell me some more about "real life." Just try to avoid comparing Silva to a strip mall sensei if you don't want to sound like a dipshit.
SKK BB- August 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm
Lots of hate. This "article" positions a lot of people to continue their hate campaign against anderson. We don't know the whole story. In fact, we really don't know anything. All the story did was egg on a bunch of haters. Also: to the the fael supporters that still linger in the deep, coming out to further bash silva at every opportunity, ha ha. Wake up. Fael got beat decisively TWICE.

It's not unprecedented for a title holder to fight twice a year, so chill the f$$k out. He'll smash the next contender, and again and again, until he decides to retire.
JPfighter-DAMMA- August 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Oh, and @Pen Fifteen, if "the value is created by the laborers", why the heck is our manufacturing industry in the United States dying because it can be built overseas? But wait, I thought Americans where the only people who could build shit? And I thought Tito Ortiz was the only champ that could sell PPV's? Times change, shit changes, people change, companies adapt, and roll onward. That isn't pro-corporate, that's real life.
JPfighter-DAMMA- August 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm
@Pen Fifteen
My line is not pro-corporate, or anti-labor. It's reality. Who say's Anderson's boss is treating him like shit? The UFC has invested millions in building a brand, and people like Anderson make a shitload of cash. Let me ask you this, where would Anderson Silva (or any of these champs) be if Zuffa didn't buy the UFC from SEG in 2000? I don't think Anderson Silva's signature was anywhere on the checks that made that deal. And, if Anderson Silva got hit by a bus today, the MW division would die? The end? I don't think so. No fighter is bigger than the business. Period. No employee is bigger than the business. Period. If you think otherwise, you don't have a clue. "The value is created by the laborers". Man, that is some funny shit. Where the f#ck would any of those "laborers" be if the Fertitta's didn't write that check? Teaching kids at the local McDojo, that's where. If Anderson Silva doesn't want to fight, fine. Buh bye. Next!
Pen Fifteen- August 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm
The extent to which people take this pro-corporate anti-labor line regarding fighters just blows my mind. So your boss treats you like shit, that means Anderson Silva should expect to be treated the same way? You act like Silva should be thankful that he has a job. News flash dipshit: Dana White is the one that should be thankful that Silva is willing to go out and put on a show and let him have a cut of it. Regardless of how much you praise the UFC as the "prime business," the value is created by the laborers, not the asswipes who sit back and watch the dollars roll in from a legally protected brand name built on the backs of hundreds of anonymous and mostly ill-paid fighters.

Like others have noted below, who is the UFC legitimately going to pass off as the champ at 185? Silva acts like he's bigger than the business because he is, and good on him for realizing that. The fact that you'd expect someone with that kind of skill and talent to act like some suckass pussy who works a 9-5 punching a keyboard in a cubicle is ridiculous.
JPfighter-DAMMA- August 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm
BossNasty, you are missing the point. You are right, "if he wants to take a break, that's his choice, not yours and not Dana's." You are exactly right. Just like it is your choice if you show up to work on Monday morning. Your choice. Not your boss, not your company, your choice. The question is, will the company do something about it? First and foremost, MMA is a business that survives off the revenue of PPV's and merchandise. Second, the UFC is the prime business in that segment. Without the business, and without the UFC, Anderson Silva is just another dude. Bottom line is that fighters (like Silva) have started to think that they are bigger than the business. This is false. You are right, they are not pitbulls. BUT, they are employees of a corporation, the UFC. You don't want to work? Fine. Nobody can force you. But the company can move on with other employees. You think Anderson might change his tune then? You're damn right he would.
BossNasty- August 14, 2012 at 10:01 am
None of the fighters are pitbulls. You people talking about how Dana should do this and the UFC should do that were probably the same type of people wanting Vick put to death over a bunch of funky dogs. These fighters aren't pitbulls. He doesn't have to fight until he's good and ready to. HE is the champ and none of this would even be talked about if he wasn't. He's probably waiting for these so called contenders to actually get up to par. I mean since his biggest threat other than God coming down and taking his life just lost his second match. So where are all of Sonnen's cock pals now??? He just beat the only person with a chance of beating him (and that is according to YOU) so why should he just be in there fighting a bunch of punks (compared to him)? Don't get me wrong I have much respect for anyone who makes mma a career, but don't get it all twisted acting like you won't go watch fights unless Silva's there. As much as I would like to see Silva fight every month. If he wants to take a break that's his choice not yours and not Dana's. Silva isn't the UFC's fighting slave as much as you punk ass crackas would like to see him with shackles on his feet. In fact if you do want to shackle him I'll buy the shackles and you take your ass over to Brazil and put them on him.....thought not.
JPfighter-DAMMA- August 14, 2012 at 8:20 am
Anderson Silva is one of the more prominent douchebags in the sport of MMA. That said, the UFC ultimately has to take fault for allowing this type of behavior. Silva is an employee of the UFC, and they hold the cards. Fact is, that Dana White, although he talks tough, is a full-blown pussy when it comes to his champions. I "get" that Anderson doesn't want to lose. I "get" that he still wants to keep riding the gravy train. I "get" that he wants more endorsements, and the only way to get them is by being champ. But I don't get why the UFC tolerates this, given that this will erode the UFC fanbase (and it already is). The UFC needs to enforce a minimum level of activity from their champions. For example, minimum of 1 fight every 12 months. If a champ doesn't fight within 12 months of his last fight (regardless of the reason, injury, jail, pussification, etc.), he loses the belt, and there is a fight between the top 2 contenders to hand over the belt. The previous champ could have a clause that he gets first crack at the new belt, if and when he decides to re-engage as a fighter. The sport is getting waaaaayyyy too fucking watered down, and the UFC needs to get their champions fighting more frequently to keep the fan base. This goes for Silva, GSP, whoever.
BossNasty- August 14, 2012 at 7:58 am
What fucking moron wrote this article and who are you hatin ass nut riders cosigning on it? You could at least use a new format. I think it's been proven over and over and fucking over again that there isn't anyone in the division that Silva is scared of. What a stupid article. That is all you assholes do, is say he's scared to fight someone. Then the fight happens. Then he walks away STILL holding the belt. You guys make CP look like a damn joke with your inability to give credit where credit is due and to not nut ride and jump on the hype bandwagon without a shred of evidence to support your gay ass theories. You know whats next. Suck my dick you hating ass pussies
TimmyTourettes- August 14, 2012 at 3:37 am
Crepa, pezzo di merda, e vai
a sucare cazzi su un aereo!
Nut Puncher 9000- August 13, 2012 at 10:35 pm
Champions choosing their opponents is BAD for MMA. A champion should sign any contract put in front of them.

Every single one of you knows that deserve has nothing to do with who gets title shots. Promotion and Hype is EVERYTHING and highlight reel victories over well known names should propel a fresh up and comer into discussion when A: your champion has nearly cleaned out a division. B: no other top level contender has stood out lately and finally C: your champion is getting old
A. Silva is going to lose people. eventually. Unless he retires and if that is the case, dont take a vacation stagnating a title to dodge. That is not how a champion, best in the world, should act.
RearNakedSpoon- August 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm
Can we start a fund raiser to get Dana a balls transplant to restore his take no bullshit from anyone attitude?

“Do you wanna be a fuckin fighter? That is my question. And only you know that. Anybody who says they don’t - I don’t fucking want you here.”
“I’ll throw you the fuck outta this gym so fuckin fast your head'll spin.”
MonsterMaulingAss- August 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm
haha, insert edit button*beats dead horse*
MonsterMaulingAss- August 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm
I really do not see weidman as the current #1 contender, hes beaten middle pack men for the majority of his UFC career. A non-impressive win over maia, and one brilliant win over munoz who in NO WAY is or was the no.3 guy. There are a lot of contenders at middleweight right now belcher, boetsch, weidman, all belfort and franklin are trying to get another crack and mybe lombard will do something major soon. These guys should not be linig up to fight silva they should be fighting it out to determine the no.1 contender and i understand that to be silva's reasoning. Furthermore they should hype a tournament to build some steam behind the next no.1 contender, they have the resources and appearently the time. That or potential superfights that...sniff*...that i just dont see happening and damn you silva for teasing us :'(. Furthermore they should hype up a tournament to build some steam behind the next no.1 contender, they have the resources and appearently the time, so how about a middleweight tourny card? Give these events a little more significance.
whatchawhozeit- August 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm
Anderson is a diva and has been for quite a while. Why should anyone be surprised by this?
Mr_Misanthropy- August 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm
I liek tuhrtels!
bitteralex- August 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm
Mark Munoz was the number 3 guy??? when the fuck did that happen?
holeeball- August 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm
It's good to be the king.
The_Dead_Cow- August 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm
The winner of Belfort/Belcher vs. Weidman for top contender. That should put us at the end of the year just in time to sign a fight with Silva.
Crow42- August 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm
Great point pen , now watch we get flooded by bunch of haters saying shit like " but he is runing away from fights and he lost twice to Chael "
Ricardo Guitardo- August 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm
Silvia only lost once to Chael. That second fight Silvia clearly won with illegal kneestrikes to a downed opponent while using the cage illegally for leverage.
Pen Fifteen- August 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm
What's this "allowed to" shit? Do you really think the UFC is going to strip him of the title? Everyone knows he's the best in the world, and it would be a joke for the UFC to suggest otherwise given how much effort they've put in to hyping exactly that line.

Munoz may have been the "number 3 guy" in the mind of Dana White, but I wouldn't have given him a snowball's chance in hell against Silva. By the transitive property, same goes for Weidman. If he wants fans to think he has a legit shot, he needs to beat someone like Belfort, Sonnen, or another former top contender. Until then, I say let Silva have his vacation.