Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva is taking a little break from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) to shine on the silver screen in "Tapped," an upcoming Hollywood motion picture about "a disgruntled teenager with a troubled past who enters an MMA tournament to face the man who killed his parents."
Tapped, anchored by longtime action movie icons Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens) and Martin Kove (Karate Kid, Rambo), also features appearances from UFC fighters Lyoto Machida, Krzysztof Soszynski and Sam Stout.
The Brazilian, no stranger to Tinseltown, is pushing for a "super fight" opposite UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre in 2013, now that "Rush" has disposed of Carlos Condit at the UFC 154 pay-per-view (PPV) event earlier this month in Montreal.
His director, Allan Ungar, tells MMAmania.com, "Anderson is a fine actor and a natural" and Tapped "will be a good start for his movie career."
But will success at the box office prompt "The Spider" to retire from combat sports?
Time will tell.