It was initially believed that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva would be sitting cageside at UFC 154 before entering the cage to challenge welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to a superfight if he was able to defend his title and get past interim champion Carlos Condit this weekend.
However, in an interview with Brazilian website GloboEsporte.com, Silva said that he would not be calling out GSP but instead plans on taking time away from mixed martial arts in pursuit of personal endeavors.
“I am on vacation from fighting,” said Silva. “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. I think this is the time for me to let my life in order. Being always worried and working makes me set my personal life aside. Now I want to work on that aspect.”
“I will go to Los Angeles and then I will go to Canada for UFC 154. I’m going to stay there to film an action movie that me and Lyoto will participate in [with Steven Seagal]. But it is not my character to step in there and call somebody out. So I think this won’t happen. I fact I don’t just think, I am sure!”
Silva knows that many want to see him take on GSP, but his personal projects are taking priority at the moment. Silva does not want to fight until the end of 2013 and suggests the UFC create an interim title for the 185-pound division.
“My focus is on my personal projects and on the fight versus Georges St-Pierre. If the UFC wants to make an ínterim bout while I am away, it is up to them. 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.”
This is not the news that mixed martial arts fans want to hear. Prior to UFC 154, the excitement was building for the Silva – St-Pierre superfight but now it looks like we will all have to wait once again.
With Silva’s comments and the suggestion of an interim title bout, many are calling for Michael Bisping vs. Vitor Belfort to crown a part-time champ.