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Chris Weidman wants winner of Michael Bisping-Brian Stann, not Alan Belcher

Though many see UFC middleweight Chris Weidman as the division’s top contender it seems likely he will have to pick up another big win before making a blip on champion Anderson Silva’s radar. Silva has shrugged off the idea of a bout with Weidman in recent weeks, preferring to face Georges St-Pierre or an opponent with more mainstream name value.

Ironically, it appears Weidman is taking a similar approach when it comes to who he wants to face if a title-fight with Silva doesn’t materialize. The unbeaten 28-year old was recently asked about potential opponents and, rather than opt for Alan Belcher, went a different route.

According to a report on UFC Tonight, Weidman would prefer a fight with the winner of Michael Bisping’s September 22 bout with Brian Stann instead of Belcher. “The Talent” has won his last four fights including finishes of Patrick Cote and Rousimar Palhares, while Bisping is coming off a decision loss to Chael Sonnen and Stann is a single victory removed from being submitted by, once again, Sonnen.

Belcher recently called out Weidman as making the most sense in terms of a title-eliminator. Unfortunately, it looks like the feelings aren’t mutual, leaving Belcher looking elsewhere for his next fight and the contendership picture hazy at best.

Check out the full report from UFC Tonight below:


  • Sumoninja says:

    Belcher vs Weidman makes sense. I don’t see how that doesn’t happen and you still end up with a legit contender. Stann isn’t it. Bisping hasn’t sealed a signature win to deserve his shot. Weidman and Belcher are both new-style MMA, with Belcher having by far the better credentials. I don’t see how Weidman skips him.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    ^ agreed… I like Weidman’s confidence & willingness to speak out, but he’s obviously in no position to have any say in calling the shots at this stage of his career. Winner of that fight would be a solid contender for Silva… the other guys like Boetsch, Bisping, Stann not so much.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Belcher has recently said he’s considering a move up to light heavyweight, so this makes sense for a couple of reasons.

  • raker says:

    Bisping and Stann will allow Weidman to showcase his ground skills better than Belcher would. We see how well Belcher did on the ground against Palhares and his standup game is decent too. Belcher is a riskier path to a title shot IMO.

  • Lord Faust says:

    I love my Thumbs Down Groupie(s). You complete me.

  • Talk like this makes me think Weidman has let the hype get him. He needs to take this fight instead of acting as if he’s earned the right to pick his path to Silva.


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