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Chris Weidman taking on Tim Boetsch at UFC 155

When UFC middleweight Chris Weidman finished Mark Munoz in July he thought he’d done enough to earn a crack at the middleweight champion (and pound-for-pound best fighter in the world) Anderson Silva. However, all of the campaigning Weidman did seemed to have fallen on deaf ears as the UFC has announced he will be fighting Tim Boetsch at UFC 155.

The 16-4 Boetsch is riding a four-fight winning streak since dropping down from the light heavyweight division including victories over Hector Lombard and Yushin Okami. Comparably, Weidman is 9-0 with five instances of success coming inside the Octagon.

According to MMAWeekly, the undefeated Weidman didn’t feel like waiting around for Silva to make his next move, explaining, “I think I’m the number-one contender in the division, but with Anderson not fighting for the rest of 2012, I want to stay busy and keep getting better. I think I’m the best middleweight in the world and I’m going to prove it against another top contender.”

UFC 155 is scheduled for December 29 and is already set to feature a number of noteworthy match-ups including Gray Maynard-Joe Lauzon, Chael Sonnen-Forrest Griffin, and Junior dos Santos-Cain Velasquez.


  • MCM says:

    called it. *self high-5*

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Not bad. Would have preferred Weidman vs. Belcher but given the injury plague this year, I completely understand the UFC not wanting to take their chances with Belcher while he’s still on the mend.

    Similarly, JDS vs. Overeem would have been the ideal main event, but the licensing issues Overeem is facing were too much of a question mark.

    So we get some pretty damn good backup options, and the NYE weekend card is shaping up really nicely…

    JDS vs. Cain — for the HW belt, with both guys hopefully at full strength this time around

    Weidman vs. Boetsch — I’m not buying the GSP vs. Silva talk… Silva’s next bout will be against the winner of this fight

    Chael vs. Forrest — not nearly as interesting as the level of fan interest will indicate, but I can’t deny there’s plenty of storyline behind this LHW matchup. Neither guy will compete again for a UFC title, but this will still be a fight with plenty of crowd buzz behind it, perfect for New Year’s weekend.

    Maynard vs. Lauzon — With a win, Gray could be in line for a title shot depending on the other moving parts in the LW division. Ideally the winner of Pettis vs. Cowboy will get the shot, but as far as I know that fight hasn’t even been announced, as Pettis continues to recover from his shoulder issue, so with any hitch in the plans Maynard could be next after Bendo vs. Diaz. Either way, this is a can’t-miss matchup between two highly skilled aggressive fighters.

    Plus Meathead who, win or lose, is always a fun fight to watch. Can’t wait for this card. Hopefully Jon Jones doesn’t F it up.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Also Lombard is fighting Palheres…. Should be fun

  • Angry Mike says:

    Weidman all the way. Boetsch has had too many close calls and wins from behind.


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