After outclassing Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153, Anderson Silva, made it clear that he has no desire to fight undefeated Chris Weidman. “The Spider” remains focused on getting bouts against established opponents, primarily targeting a super-fight against current welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre.
Weidman obviously isn’t happy with the fact that he won’t get a title shot regardless of what happens at his Dec. 29 (UFC 155) fight against Tim Boetsch, and “The All-American” accused Silva of ducking during a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight.”
“It sucks,” Weidman said. “I took a lot of risks in my career to get to the point where I’m the No. 1 contender. Then for the champion — who is the man, I have nothing bad to say about him — kind of dodging me a little bit. It’s tough.”
Even though I was impressed with Weidman’s performance against Mark Munoz, his performance certainly wasn’t enough to earn hin the number one contender spot in the UFC’s middleweight division. Sure, Weidman has won his first five fights in the UFC, but he’s only faced two legitimate contenders in the promotion.
He looked horrible in his “UFC on Fox 2” fight against Demian Maia (to be fair, Weidman was dehydrated from the huge weight cut he had to make when he decided to take the fight on short notice), barely escaping with a split decision.
Chris Weidman put on a much better performance in his last outing against Munoz, but he’ll need to do a lot more than that if he’s serious about competing for the UFC middleweight title.
As far as I’m concerned, Weidman would be better off targeting the likes of Michael Bisping, who has also emerged as a top contender in the middleweight division.
Like Weidman, Bisping also needs a win against a top contender to be truly deserving of a title shot, and a fight between the two looks like a good matchup on paper.
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.