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Earlier today, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva stated that he might not be returning to the octagon until the end of 2013 due to movie commitments and other things. This would leave the UFC middleweight title on the shelf for well over a year if it actually did come to fruition. Well, it didn't take long for contender Michael Bisping to chime in on the situation. Bisping meets Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC on FX 7 in Brazil on January 19th, and asked Dana White on twitter to make that fight a little bit more important if the champ is on the sidelines:
@danawhite if Anderson wants to take time off to be a movie star make me and vitor for the interim title????— michael (@bisping) November 12, 2012
Even though it's extremely unlikely to happen, it's not the worst idea in the world. It's a high-profile fight between two of the top middleweights in the organization and if Silva wants to take time off, why not? I'm sure Chris Weidman might have something to say about it, but the winner of the Weidman vs. Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 can face the winner of this bout. Seems pretty simple to me.