After his impressive performance against Mark Munoz at “UFC on Fuel TV 4,” undefeated Chris Weidman tried to secure a shot at the middleweight title.
However, current middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, didn’t seem interested in a fight against Weidman, and for a moment, it looked like “The Spider” was going to sit out the rest of the year. However, Silva decided to help save the UFC 153 fight card (after Jose Aldo and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson pulled out due to injuries on the same day), agreeing to headline the event against Stephan Bonnar.
UFC 153 will take place on Oct. 13, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Chris Weidman feels cheated with the way things went down, and he vented his frustration during an appearance on “UFC Tonight.”
“I was a little shocked, confused, a little disappointed,” Weidman said. “I had actually had just ended up getting elbow surgery about a week ago, and the same week, I find out Anderson Silva is now fighting Stephan Bonnar in UFC 153 and it’s tough. … It’s a smart move on his part. It’s definitely very calculated. He’s going into this fight at odds that I’ve never seen before, 14-1. … He’s gonna be making a couple of million dollars on odds that I’ve never seen before. It’s a smart move for him, more power to him. It’s just disappointing for me.”
Like many MMA fans, I was also impressed with Weidman’s performance against Munoz, but I don’t think he’s done enough to earn a shot at Silva. “The All-American’s” 9-0 professional record is impressive, but he’s only had two fights against top-caliber opponents. When you factor in the fact that most casual MMA fans don’t even have a clue who he is, it’s easy to understand why Silva wasn’t interested in fighting him.
Chris Weidman is currently set to fight Tim Boetsch at UFC 155, and I don’t think a win against “The Barbarian” will be enough to secure a shot against Silva. If Weidman wins, I’d like to see him fight the winner of the Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann matchup before getting a shot at the title.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.