During a recent interview with Brazilian website GloboEsporte.com, the UFC’s Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva has said that he doesn’t plan on returning to the Octagon until the end of 2013, at the earliest.
“I am on vacation from fighting, I think I will return only in the end of next year,” the Brazilian said. “I have personal projects ongoing. Tomorrow I’m embarking to Los Angeles to attend the arrangements of the academy we’re setting up there.”
With UFC president Dana White saying that Anderson would be cage side for Georges St-Pierre’s clash with Carlos Condit this weekend and likely to call out GSP should he win, “The Spider” dismissed these claims saying:
“I will go to Canada for UFC 154. I’m going to stay there to film an action movie that me and Lyoto [Machida] will participate in [with Steven Seagal],” Silva said. “But it is not my character to step in there and call somebody out. So I think this won’t happen. In fact I don’t just think, I am sure!”
Silva went on to say that he very much focused on getting a fight against Georges St-Pierre and doesn’t care if the UFC decide to create an interim middleweight title in his extended absence from the Octagon.
“My focus is on my personal projects and on the fight versus Georges St-Pierre. If the UFC want to make an interim bout while I am away, it is up to them,” the champ mused. “I don’t know if it will have any meaning but they can do whatever they want. I am in a comfort zone, so I am not concerned about it.”
One wonders whether GSP will be as keen and Anderson to make this superfight should he successfully navigate his welterweight title unification bout this weekend in Montréal.