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Correction: Anderson Silva *Won’t* Be Bum-Rushing Georges St. Pierre at UFC 154, Doesn’t Plan on Fighting Again Until Late 2013

(Why must you torture us, fan-made poster?? Image via MMehFighter)

Man, this week is just full of disappointments. First, we learn that Ronda Rousey‘s historic migration to the UFC isn’t quite official yet. And now we learn that this Saturday’s UFC 154 event in Montreal won’t include a WWE-style post-fight run-in from middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

As the story went, Silva would be in attendance at the Bell Centre to challenge Georges St. Pierre to a superfight, if GSP was victorious in his welterweight title defense against Carlos Condit. Though Silva does plan on attending the fight, he has no interest in getting up in St. Pierre’s grill afterwards:

I’m going to Los Angeles and then going to Canada for the fight of St. Pierre,” Silva told Tatame. “I’m already going to be there to shoot a movie, a feature film that I’ll participate in with Lyoto (Machida). It’s not my character to up and challenge anyone. I think it will not happen. I think not, I’m sure (laughs).”

Furthermore, Silva doesn’t plan on fighting anybody until the end of next year:

I’m on vacation from fighting. I think I will return only in the end of the next year. I have personal projects ongoing. Tomorrow I’m embarking to Los Angeles to attend the arrangements of the academy we’re setting up there…If the UFC wants to make an interim bout while I’m gone, it’s up to them. I don’t know if it will have any meaning but they can do whatever they want. I’m in a comfort zone, so I’m not worried about it.”

I’m sure Chris Weidman is just thrilled to hear about Anderson Silva and his “comfort zone.” But at least one fighter sees this “interim bout” business as a great opportunity…

Reacting to Silva’s recent statements, Michael Bisping tweeted out a fun little promotional suggestion yesterday: “@danawhite if Anderson wants to take time off to be a movie star make me and vitor for the interim title????

He forgot to include #prettyplease, so we’re not sure if this will actually happen, but you can see why Bisping would want it to happen. The Count and The Phenom are slated to face off on January 19th in Brazil, and while the winner of that fight would certainly put himself “in the mix” for a middleweight title shot, an interim belt would award the winner an iron-clad #1 contender status. Bisping has spent his entire UFC career getting close to title shots but falling just short; becoming the interim champ would finally secure him a guaranteed shot at Anderson Silva, his personal white whale.

Look, you already know how we feel about this “interim champ” noise. But if Silva is really pursuing other interests until late 2013 (!), shouldn’t the UFC middleweight division be allowed to move on without him?

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Sniffer-Piffits- November 14, 2012 at 7:37 am
Never liked the tournament idea, but I do think that is the best idea if Handerson Saliva is taking that much time off.
knucklesamitch- November 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm
re-read what i wrote. i said if Silva fought in Dec 2013 there was a good chance it would be against GSP or Jon Jones. if he fights in Dec, his next likely fight wouldn't be until June/July 2014 ... THAT would mean 2 years without defending the middleweight title.
ArmFarmer- November 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm
lose.. godamn an edit button would be nice
ArmFarmer- November 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm
Fire his pompous ass, then let him sit at home and ramble about how the belt is meaningless and it's his belt.. as people forget he exists and Jon Jones steals his legend status. Sick of this dude. I'm gonna start routing for Jones to dominate all these elite guys he's man enough to fight, just to erase the memory of silva. Jones will be remembered as the guy that took on one legit contender after another.. silva will be remembered as the guy that knocked out james irvin and stephan bonnar and then retired so he wouldn't lost.
BaghdadBob- November 13, 2012 at 10:37 am
I told you knuckle-draggers this super fight bullshit is just the UTC cock-teasing you. Don't be so gullible.
knucklesamitch- November 13, 2012 at 9:07 am

While your logic doesn't seem all that bad, the end result is still problematic. Let's say Weidman defeats Boetsch, and Bisping defeats Vitor. If Weidman defeats Bisping, Silva is going to come back off the year lay off and still not want to fight Weidman ... And that doesn't even take into account the lingering super fight possibilities of Jon Jones and GSP. If Silva wants the time off, give up the belt. At his age, and his seeming desire to be a part time fighter who only wants big fights, he doesn't need the title anymore.

The difference between Silva and GSP is that GSP is fighting within his division,and he still wants to be Welterweight champ. He's not talking about side projects or jumps in weight classes, he had to sit out through an injury (a valid reason), and now he's back and ready to be active.
algiersheadkick504- November 13, 2012 at 9:05 am
what the ufc should do: make divison exciting again. eight man tournament the fights are already in place, bisping/belfort, belcher/okami, wiedman/boestch, lombard/paulharris. what the ufc will do: give the shot to the guy who they think they will make the most money and will make anderson look even greater and make even more money off him
Mood- November 13, 2012 at 8:52 am
With GSP out for a year the Welterweight div's turned into one of the more stacked divisions in the UFC. Silva deserves the time off and it lets the Middleweight div develop further/mature/sort itself the f-out without him around. You potentially end up with some real contenders rather then the almost randomised opponents he's had in the last 4 years.
Alan K- November 13, 2012 at 8:51 am
Dana would be out of his friggin' mind to allow his middleweight champion to take a year off from fighting. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the balls to demand Anderson relinquish the belt so he'll probably end up booking an interim title fight between the winner of Bisping/Belfort and Weidman/Boetsch.
knucklesamitch- November 13, 2012 at 8:36 am

The 18mos. figure is a possibility. Lets say Silva returns in Dec. 2013 and fights either Jones or GSP in a year end super fight. Best case scenario is that he'd fight again in June or July 2014 ... And assuming that's when he finally decides to defend the middleweight title, that would be 2 years since he last defended the Middleweight belt.
amsterdamheavy- November 13, 2012 at 9:43 am
Dude, youre making shit up. I take "persuing other interests until late 2013" to mean - he intends to fight Q4 2013, not Q2/Q3 2014.
RearNakedSpoon- November 13, 2012 at 8:34 am
If GSP wins then Condit should challenge Silva after the fight. He's at least the same size as Silva.
amsterdamheavy- November 13, 2012 at 8:20 am
I could give a shit about GSP v Silva; its a bullshit, meaningless fight. Jones v Silva on the other hand...

amsterdamheavy- November 13, 2012 at 8:18 am
@Knuckle: Where do you get 18 months from? Late 2013 is a year away. Champions are supposed to defend teh belt once a year unless there are extenuating circumstances (GSP). Even with extenuating circumstances you can still be stripped (Frank Mir).

I dont particularly like Silva, but I wont knock his skills. He is entitled to take a year off if he so chooses. Personally, at his age, a year off though is not a good idea for a number of reasons.
DANA BLACK- November 13, 2012 at 8:10 am
Silava fighting GSP makes no sense at all. There are a lot of great fights for GSP to take at 170 that seem to make more sense. Much rather see GSP fighting Diaz, Ellenberger or even Kampmann. To me, Silva just wants fights he knows he can easily win. Let's be honest, he hasn't fought that many greats aside from Dan henderson and vitor. Jon Jones on the other hand has been smashing the top fighters these past 2 yrs. which makes Silva run from him. To me that fight makes way more sense, especially since Silva has dominated his 205 fights. Silva will get fucked up by Jon Jones, that's why he wants to run and hide from him or ask for ridiculous amounts of money.
Fried Taco- November 13, 2012 at 8:07 am
It's the closest Bitchspring will ever get to calling himself champ.
knucklesamitch- November 13, 2012 at 7:50 am
Screw all this intermin title nonsense. If Silva wants to take a year off, it's time to just relinquish the title. At his age, and with 2 of his most intriguing fight possibilities coming against potential opponents that aren't even in his weight class (Jones and GSP), I say it's time to just vacate the title so the division can move on. Even if Silva comes back in a year, he's going to fight either GSP or Jon Jones ... There's no reason that a non-injured/non-suspended champion should hold up a division for what could be up to 18 months.