The UFC middleweight division was full of contenders a few months ago, giving champ Anderson Silva pick of the litter for his next title-defense. However, nearly all of his options have fallen off the table after coming up short in recent rumbles, leaving the one man Silva has seemingly avoided action against – Chris Weidman.
Despite flirting with the notion of Luke Rockhold and Cung Le as challengers, UFC President Dana White went on UFC Tonight this week to hint Silva may be accepting the likelihood of Weidman as his next foe. Manager Ed Soares confirmed the news in a conversation with Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte, saying Silva could soften his stance under the right circumstances.
According to Soares, Weidman still lacks the name value to intrigue Silva on that front but understands the UFC is pushing “The Spider” in a certain direction. As such, Soares would like to see the bout take place in Brazil where Silva is understandably a superstar.
“They’ll have to spend a lot of money promoting this fight. Anderson has more title defenses than he has fights as a professional,” stated Soares. “Anderson has told me that really wants to fight in Brazil again. Weidman himself once told me that he would be interested in doing the fight there. So I think that’s what should happen.”
Weidman is still out of action for a few more months while he heals up from a shoulder injury, aiming for a July return to the ring. Silva hasn’t fought since an October drumming of Stephan Bonnar but has expressed a willingness to sit out as long as necessary for the right match-up to materialize.
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