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Old 11-13-2012, 10:16 AM   #11 (permalink)
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At this point man he's done everything he needs to do. So yah if he wants to take a break and let others fill in the interim belt so be it. He beat a game opponent while injured, took on a rematch with a two year build up, defended his belt against an opponent which he got DQed against six years prior, defended against arguably the most deadliest 185 striker (The Phenom) next to himself, and attempted to save two UFC shows. Then put on one of the most brilliant performances in the Octagon against an opponent who has NEVER been finished (not counting cuts/doctor's stoppage) before in his ENTIRE career. That's a lot on a champions' plate. At this point marquee fights are what make sense and contenders who have earned their shot not like Thales Leites or Weidman. Belcher, Bisping, and Weidman with a few more wins will be next in line. Even though Luke Rockhold is the SF champ he's not even in the top five in the UFC.
Interesting future match ups.
- Gegard Mousassi
- Hector Lombard if he can string together impressive wins.

Til then we can only enjoy watching re-runs.

Here's more on this ---> http://www.mmafighting.com/2012/11/1...-interim-title

At this point, it's safe to say only Anderson Silva actually knows what Anderson Silva wants.

No one expected him to step up on short-notice to try and save two different UFC events, but yet that's exactly what he did. Meanwhile everyone expected him to challenge a victorious Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154 -- Dana White even went out of his way to let us all know it was going to happen -- and now, apparently, we all look silly for believing that.

"I'm on vacation from fighting," Silva casually revealed to SporTV (translation via The UG). "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.

"If the UFC wants to make an interim bout while I'm gone, it's up to them. I don't know if it will have any meaning but they can do whatever they want. I'm in a comfort zone, so I'm not worried about it."

Of course, it wasn't long before perennial close-but-not-quite contender Michael Bisping caught wind of what was going on.

"[Dana White], if Anderson wants to take time off to be a movie star, make me and Vitor for the interim title?" Bisping quickly proposed on Twitter.

At the time of this writing, White had yet to respond. But if Silva hopes to take a year off and return in late-2013 with a superfight against St-Pierre, essentially holding his own division hostage for over a year, I'm sure White will have something to say on the subject.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:34 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Some people may say that he's the champion and can do whatever the hell he wants brcause he's a legent etc. but the truth is that he isn't the only guy in the division. His layoff would put the whole division on hold and ultimately all the top guys are fighting to get a shot at some gold. I don't like interim belts but in some cases, they really do make sense.
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Mike's making perfect sense here, surely it's not up to Anderson to put his division on hold just to have almost a year off. It's not up to Anderson to put everyones title dreams and careers into a state of limbo just to make another Steven Seagal straight-to-DVD film.
Bisping is 1-1 in his last 2 fights. Weidman doesn't even have 10 fights. Belfort already got destroyed.

Whos hopes and dreams is he holding up?

The guy defended his title in July. JDS hasn't in that span. GSP hasn't in that span. Cruz hasn't in that span. Aldo hasn't in that span. But that is fine. Lets not let facts get in the way.

If Bisping wants a fake belt then just hand him a fake belt so he can feel good about himself.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:38 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Interim belts are pointless anyway....he will be coming back, and nobody will be champ until he does.
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Interim titles are for situations when champs are out for a long time. A year is not enough. That's missing one fight, nothing more. If Anderson decided to get in a bobsleigh, crashed and fell into a coma then, well, go ahead with it. The last thing I wanna see is more useless interim championships.
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As long as he fights twice a year like most champs you cant complain really.
Agree with this.

He has like twice the number of fights as GSP has in the last few years.
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yeah...wtf man, im probably the biggest AS nuthugger here and i have to say **** you anderson...no champion has the right to just stop defending their belt whenever they want, hes really starting to become a little bitch, GOAT or not stop complaining and demanding so much crap and defend your belt man

i still want him to destroy everyone and ill never NOT be a Anderson fan but hes really being a ***** latley and theres no way to deny it, my only hope is that hes just saying these things so Dana really pushes the GSP fight and this is just some Anderson mind games

if not then strip him of the belt since he doesnt want to fight and just wants superfights...it will ruin the MWs division credibility but there really wont be another option

Type what ever make you feel better buddy... But You are no Silva Fan....

A real fan has a fighters back who has gone 16-0 in the UFC and wants to take some time off at the age of 38... Heck maybe he might want to retire, god for bid if he does. He been fighting for more then half of his life. I can't stand fake posters like you...

At least Legion makes it known he hates him....
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Bisping is 1-1 in his last 2 fights. Weidman doesn't even have 10 fights. Belfort already got destroyed.

Whos hopes and dreams is he holding up?

The guy defended his title in July. JDS hasn't in that span. GSP hasn't in that span. Cruz hasn't in that span. Aldo hasn't in that span. But that is fine. Lets not let facts get in the way.

If Bisping wants a fake belt then just hand him a fake belt so he can feel good about himself.
GSP and Cruz's time off were through injuries, Anderson has decided he wants a little holiday and make a film, not defend his belt, which a champion needs to do to stay a champion.

By the end of next year he would have gone over a year without defending his belt, I just hope for his sake he doesn't literally mean the end of next year, or Dana may as well strip him of that belt and give it to someone who wants to fight.
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GSP and Cruz's time off were through injuries, Anderson has decided he wants a little holiday and make a film, not defend his belt, which a champion needs to do to stay a champion.

By the end of next year he would have gone over a year without defending his belt, I just hope for his sake he doesn't literally mean the end of next year, or Dana may as well strip him of that belt and give it to someone who wants to fight.
I think it is perfect time to take off from 185 for a bit as they sort out a next contender.

Anytime there is Silva "down the road" news

1: Will he give Chael a rematch or not?

2: Will he fight Jones before he retires?

People spaz out. If it was any other fighter people wouldn't be as mad over these things. Lets see what happens. If he fights GSP in the first quarter of next year then obviously he can't defend his belt. And it is a legit reason that he isn't defending.

Injuries or not, fact is Anderson fights more than many champs.
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Bisping is 1-1 in his last 2 fights. Weidman doesn't even have 10 fights. Belfort already got destroyed.

Whos hopes and dreams is he holding up?

The guy defended his title in July. JDS hasn't in that span. GSP hasn't in that span. Cruz hasn't in that span. Aldo hasn't in that span. But that is fine. Lets not let facts get in the way.

If Bisping wants a fake belt then just hand him a fake belt so he can feel good about himself.
True enough, I believe Anderson has a solid game plan in place.

Bisping vs Vitor. Jan. 19, 2013 - Winner will get the interim belt.

Weidman vs Boetsch. - Dec. 29, 2012 (Winner fights below.)

Belcher vs Yushin Okami - Dec. 29, 2012 (Although I would have liked to see him face off against Weidman.) Winner fights the top two.

*I can also see Zuffa doing the whole "whoever has the most impressive win gets the shot at the interim title belt."

Enter SF fighters. Luke, Jacare, Tim Kennedy are the top three. I'll throw in Robbie Lawler.

Luke challenges a top tiered UFC fighter to see where he's at then if he wins he moves on to the winners bracket or contends for the interim title.

Aren't you guys tired of seeing "the next contender" get demolished. Weidman is talented, but I've always said he's still too green. If he wins that round robin he deserves it or any of the fighters for that matter.

This will take an entire year to pan out while Anderson Silva hopefully faces off against GSP in the summer of 2013 and defends his belt against the interim title holder and UNDISPUTED challenger around new years time of 2013. Thus fighting two fights and defending his belt against a TRUE worthy challenger.
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