Despite there being more than four months left in the year it appears as though UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva’s 2012 campaign in the Octagon will only involve a single stop. Silva, who successfully defended his title in July against Chael Sonnen, has remained relatively quiet since the victory though his camp has come forward to voice their interest in a bout with welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (and lack thereof in a clash with top contender Chris Weidman).
With GSP already booked to put his belt on the line against Carlos Condit in November and no change in his position on Weidman, Silva will not fight again before 2013 according to UFC President Dana White.
“Anderson said he wants to take some time off until after the end of this year,” said White to a group of media members after the conclusion of UFC 150.
The 37-year old Silva’s decision seemingly backs the notion he’s only looking to compete a few more times in his career despite past assertions he might continue fighting into his 40s. It also marks the first time Silva has only fought once in any given year.
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