Report: UFC champ Anderson Silva joining 'big celebrities' in upcoming Hollywood movie

Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Anderson Silva celebrates after defeating Chael Sonnen (not pictured) during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

There goes the boom.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is taking a little break from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) and won't be returning until after the new year.

Now we know why.

"The Spider," who recently defended his 185-pound title with a techincical knockout win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 last July, is expected to star alongside "big celebrities" in "Tapped," an upcoming Hollywood motion picture that's expected to begin filming as early as next week.


"We're not at liberty to discuss the logistics and budgets, but we've been told it's the biggest film that has been shot in London," said Allan Ungar, director of Tapped. Other UFC stars, namely Lyoto Machida and Krzysztof Soszynski, will appear in the "Karate Kid meets MMA" full-length movie being produced by Tapped Pictures.

How will this affect his fighting future?

The Brazilian, no stranger to the silver screen, is pushing for a superfight opposite UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre in 2013, assuming "Rush" can dispose of Carlos Condit at the upcoming UFC 154 pay-per-view (PPV) event later this year in Montreal.

Sorry, Chris.

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