Over the years, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has said a lot of things that never necessarily came true.
Silva wanted to fight Roy Jones Jr. in boxing, his dream match was to face a clone of himself, and he’s talked about retiring and then just weeks later said he wants to fight for 10 more years.
Needless to say, Silva’s latest statement about taking off the majority of 2013 has to be taken with a grain of salt. The longest reigning champion in UFC history says he wants to take an extended period of time off and not return to fighting until the end of next year.
While it’s likely this statement falls somewhere between the retirement and fighting for 10 more years neighborhood, it didn’t take long for the rest of the middleweight division to notice Silva’s comment and jump all over it.
UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping took to Twitter on late Monday evening to ask UFC President Dana White for an interim belt to be introduced for his January fight against Vitor Belfort.
“If Anderson wants to take off time to be a movie star, make me and Vitor for the interim title?” Bisping proposed when speaking to the UFC President.
The movie star reference is a role that Silva has apparently landed in an upcoming film starring close friend Steven Seagal.
Regardless of his future in Hollywood, Bisping is more than happy to gun for the gold if Silva really is going to be absent for the majority of the next 12 months.
The only problem is Silva will likely return much earlier than the end of 2013, and Bisping’s hopes might be dashed rather quickly. Still as long as Silva says what he says, everyone has the right to react.