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UFC champ Anderson Silva taking acting lessons, preparing for life outside the Octagon

Perhaps he can star as the one-armed boxer in the sequel to the ridiculously-awesome "Master of the Flying Guillotine."

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will defend his 185-pound title against division number one contender Chris Weidman at the upcoming UFC 162 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"Be a tree."

Silva recently inked a 10-fight contract extension with the world's premiere mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, but at age 38, it's unlikely he'll see it through. And the "All American" can help expedite the Brazilian's retirement with an upset win over Fourth of July weekend.

But if and when the day comes when we've seen the last of "The Spider," at least he has his movie career to fall back on, which is why he's taking lessons in between fights, according to his conversation with NY Post:

"It's something I always wanted to do. And I want to be as good at acting as I am as a fighter. I want the fans to enjoy that as much as they enjoy me fighting. Much like my fighting, I want to do it right. I'm taking my time, taking my lessons. I'm waiting for the right moment."

Silva is no stranger to the silver screen, having recently lent his talents to "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."

See the pics here.

"The Spider" has enjoyed the sort of career that on paper, looks like something from the movies, but we don't yet know if this story has a happy ending. Silva still has to get past Weidman next month in "Sin City" and following that fight, if he's victorious, will undoubtedly be dogged with questions about a "super fight" against Jon Jones.

Or was that Roy Jones?

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