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White: ‘Anderson wants to take off till 2013, then will talk next fight’

When you’re crowned not only the best in your division, but also the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, you get more leeway in your off-times. During a recent media scrum, UFC president Dana White made it clear that it is very unlikely that we will see the 37 year old champ back in the octagon in 2012.

“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.”

Following the second victory over his biggest adversary in Chael Sonnen, the division has began to look scarce. All except for one man, Chris Weidman. The problem is that the camp do not see that as a big enough fight to put both Silva’s belt and legacy on the line for a partially unknown up and comer. The camp has instead asked for a super-fight against welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre should he defeat Carlos Condit in Nov. 2012.

For Weidman, regardless if it’s the fight Silva’s management wants, if the fans want it, that’s what it will be.

“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 does not have any issues with the call out for the champ by Weidman following his highlight finish of former contender Mark Munoz.

“He’s [Weidman] in a great spot,” White said. “The kid looked fantastic. He demolished – the No. 3 guy (in the division) in spectacular fashion. He has the right to call out whoever he wants.”

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