July 07, 2013
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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