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:
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