Fans were caught off guard yesterday by UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva’s comments concerning his intent to sit out for a year, focusing on personal projects rather than success in the Octagon. In Silva’s statement on the matter he also made it clear he was open to the idea of an interim belt being created in his absence if the organization felt it was the right move.
Though UFC President Dana White hasn’t responded to Silva’s remarks yet, contender Michael Bisping seems open to the idea of a temporary title-holder being established so long as it involves his upcoming bout with Vitor Belfort.
“If Anderson wants to take time off to be a movie star, make me and Vitor for the interim title,” wrote Bisping on Twitter in a message directed at his boss.
Bisping and Belfort and scheduled to fight on January 19 in Brazil at UFC on FX 7. The bout has not be named as a clash with top contendership on the line but the label seems likely given some of the UFC’s other recent decisions where title-fights are concerned. While both men are among the biggest names at 185 pounds, neither can boast the consecutive wins of other worthwhile competitors such as Tim Boetsch, Alan Belcher, and Chris Weidman, making for an interesting situation to say the least when it comes to the future of the division.
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