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Anderson Silva: More Concerned With English Language Than Chris Weidman

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has yet to sign that long-talked-about extension with the promotion.

Does that mean “The Spider” is in danger of fleeing to another promotion? Hardly, as he recently told Tatame.

“The renovation is headed, we have more time to decide,” he said. “Let’s see how it goes.”

Silva’s next defense will come July 6 at UFC 162 against Chris Weidman. The Brazilian appears none-too-worried with Weidman, adding, “My challenge now is English. With the opponent, I’ll worry about the weather.”

Silva said that he is starting to work with a tutor to become more versed in the English language.

“As I am away from preparation, it is giving me time to the classes, but it is a challenge,” Silva said. “My teachers are getting heavy. It is important to learn English to inspire people who come from the same place as me. English will serve the rest of my life because I live in Los Angeles. My children speak English and I suffer with it.”

Silva may be acting like he isn’t taking Weidman seriously, but he knows better than to enter a bout at less-than 100-percent focus. He likely did that against Chael Sonnen the first time around, and was pushed to his limits.

Photo credit: Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

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