According to UFC president Dana White, middleweight king Anderson Silva’s (Pictured) 2012 campaign is a wrap. After successfully defending his crown against Chael Sonnen in the most anticipated rematch in mixed martial arts history, White stated “The Spider” won’t be back in action until the ball drops on 2013.
“Anderson said he wants to take some time off until after the end of this year, then we’ll start talking to him,” White shared after Saturday’s press conference. “Anderson is going to fight after the beginning of the year.”
Silva ended his 11-month hiatus to make his only appearance of the year at UFC 148. The 37-year-old has competed just twice per annual since 2009.
Although Team Silva is objecting to a fight against Chris Weidman because they feel he’s not worthy, White couldn’t care less because the up-and-comer solidified his top contender status by steamrolling Mark Munoz.
“They can be as vocal as they want to be,” White stated of Silva’s management. “Whatever the fight is, the fight is. But we haven’t decided anything.
“[Weidman’s] in a great spot. The kid looked fantastic. He demolished, the No. 3 guy – DEMOLISHED – in spectacular fashion.”
At the same time, White didn’t close the door on Silva’s next scrap coming in a superfight against welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre. Regardless, nothing is going down until next year.