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08-13-2012, 10:23 AM
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| | UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva unlikely to return until 2013
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva unlikely to return until 2013 UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva unlikely to return until 2013 | MMAjunkie.com
"Anderson said he wants to take some time off until after the end of this year, and then we'll start talking to him," White said. "Anderson is going to fight after the end of the year." |
Silva (32-4 MMA, 15-0 UFC) most recently avenged the only real blemish on his UFC ledger. Following a come-from-behind win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 117, Silva earned a definitive second-round TKO over his nemesis the July rematch at UFC 148. He's now won 16 straight fights, 15 of which have come in the UFC. He's also notched UFC records for title defenses (10) and longest title reign (more than 2,100 days).
Up next for Silva could be fast-rising contender and undefeated Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who's made no secret of his desire to challenge for the title. Silva and his reps have been vocal about not wanting the Weidman bout and preferring a super fight with welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC), which is a bout White hasn't completely discounted as a possibility.
"They can be as vocal as they want to be," White said. "Whatever the fight is, the fight is. But we haven't decided anything."
White, though, has no issue with Weidman campaigning for the fight. He said Weidman earned that right by recently making quick work of fellow contender Mark Munoz.
"He's in a great spot," White said. "The kid looked fanastic He demolished – demolished – the No. 3 guy (in the division) in spectacular fashion. He has the right to call out whoever he wants."
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
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