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Anderson Silva Says He Won’t Return in 2014

Dana White has hinted that it would happen, but Anderson Silva says otherwise.

Despite showing rapid gains since suffering a broken leg in his December fight with UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, Silva has now gone on record that 2014 will not see the return of “The Spider.”

“These rumors that I’ll fight at UFC 181 or any other event around that date aren’t true,” Silva told Combate. “This year is over for me. There’s a chance I’ll fight in the first half of 2015.”

If or when he does return to MMA, Silva does not see himself fighting for the middleweight belt soon if ever.

“Anderson’s phase as the champion is over,” he said. “Fighting for (the title) is a little far away from me.”

Silva signed a 10-fight deal with the UFC before suffering the injury. He expects to be retired by the time the contract expires.

“I don’t see myself stopping (right now), but I don’t know if I will fulfill my 10-fight contract,” he said. “My family has been asking me for years to stop fighting, and they need to understand that this is what I love to do and that I need to have my time. My goal in the sport was to become a reference in this sport, and I’m achieving this.”

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