Close calls catch up with Silva in stunning loss to Weidman at UFC 162

Anderson Silva suffered his first loss as middleweight champ in 11 bouts to Chris Weidman at UFC 162.
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Their paths would seem destined to cross again -- Dana White assured us of a rematch -- but it might not be for a while. After the fight and at the press conference, Silva expressed a desire to step away from the sport. Not a retirement, exactly, but a sabbatical after seven years of teaching other men hard-won lessons. "I just want to take some time off and go home and think about everything and be alone," he said. "There's a lot of pressure defending this title. I've defended it for a long time. I need some time for myself."

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