Silva pursues a career in acting

At this point, there has been so much talk about the July fight

between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman as well as the December

rematch that there is little actual news to report in regards to

either. We know that Silva plans to reinvent himself as “new,” that

Weidman’s life has changed and that Dana White expects


168 to set records. It’s all interesting and significant, but

also quite widely spread by now.

There are still three months between now and the Dec. 28 date,

so something will have to fill headlines, but any new wrinkles to

the actual fight remain thin. As to the fighters, how about this?

During his


target="_blank">recent media interview in New York City, Silva

passed along some news that flew under the radar. “The Spider” is

training to become a thespian.

“One of the projects I’m working on is I’m studying to be an

actor,” he said through his interpreter Ed Soares. “There’s various

projects on the table in Brazil.”

Though he didn’t offer any specifics, Silva has done a bit

of acting in the past, with two credits in released movies

target="_blank">according to IMDB. But for 2013 and beyond,

he’s already attached to five different projects.

One of them, Brazilian film “Ate que a Sorte noose Separe 2,”

features a cameo from American comedy icon Jerry Lewis. Another,


target="_blank">“Monday Nights at Seven,” will star Academy

Award winner Edward James Olmos.

Though none of the films are major Hollywood releases, Silva

looks to join other MMA notables like Randy Couture, Ronda Rousey

and Gina Carano as fighters who parlay their names and reputation

to a second career on the big screen. Others, like UFC

light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, have also voiced an interest

in following the same path.

The 38-year-old Silva saw his fame explode during his record UFC

title reign, which spanned nearly seven years and 10 successful

title defense. He has nearly


million Twitter followers and is wildly popular in his home


While he still has nine fights remaining on a deal signed just

before his initial fight with Weidman, the move may be with an eye

towards his post-fighting life as well. However, it’s hardly

the end of his diversification. Among his other pursuits? Charity

work. With the help of the UFC and his management team, Silva is

focusing on helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Kids that don’t have a chance, I want to give them a chance,”

he said. “I’m really focused on giving back, and with the help of

the UFC and my team, we’re going to be able to do that.”