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Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman Is Set for UFC 162 on July 6th [HOLY CRAP]


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From threatening a year-long vacation to suggesting far-less-worthy challengers, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his management team did their best to avoid fighting undefeated contender Chris Weidman. But according to a new report from Mark La Monica at Newsday, the match is going to happen, whether they like it or not. Here’s the scoop:

ALBANY — Chris Weidman will finally get the title shot against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva on July 4th weekend at UFC 161 in Las Vegas, Newsday has learned. [Update: The fight will actually headline UFC 162, on July 6th. UFC 161 is the Winnipeg event that will be headlined by Barao vs. Wineland.]

UFC chief executive Lorenzo Fertitta on Wednesday told Weidman, a Baldwin native, in the Capitol building that he spoke to Silva and that he agreed to the fight.

“Dream come true,” Weidman said. “Ever since I’ve been fighting, Anderson Silva has been the champion and I’ve been visualizing beating him. Now I have the opportunity. I have to make the most of it.”

As Newsday reports, bout agreements have yet to be signed, but getting Silva to agree to the fight was the biggest hurdle, as the Spider has tried to hold out for more lucrative fights against bigger names.

Finally, Chris Weidman is getting his fairy-tale ending. The problem is, he’ll be doing it after a long injury layoff, due to the right labrum tear he suffered in November and his subsequent surgery. (For the record, Weidman says he’s “100 percent healed” as of yesterday, and has been cleared to resume training.) Weidman hasn’t competed since his second-round destruction of Mark Munoz last July — which was thrilling at the time, but now feels like ancient history.

So, for those of you who anointed Weidman as the future of the UFC middleweight division after he KO’d Munoz, and hyped him as Anderson Silva’s worst nightmare…do you still feel the same way today?

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mookiestick- March 6, 2013 at 7:35 pm
The middleweight division is a weak division. I really don't care for this fight. I've also grown tired of Anderson Silva's bullshit. All the murderers are at welterweight. This weekend we should have a great bunch of fights and that's what I'm looking forward to. Anderson Silva, fuck you…
Mr_Misanthropy- March 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm
I don't want to see Silva vs. Beltfork or Konami 2 but Weedman should have to at least dispose of somebody with a name.

Although I guess everybody else has either already gotten their ass kicked by the Spider or failed miserably recently so whatever.
mma4ever- March 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm
Shut up
mma4ever- March 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm
Nuff said ?
El Guapo- March 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm
Weidman's an aggressive wrestler like Chael and he's a more well rounded striker, so I could see him giving Anderson trouble. Not sure if he'll actually win but I do think it will be a good fight.
christonastick- March 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm
What a gigantic waste of time for what is left of Anderson's prime.
DookieShorts- March 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm
If Silva fights the way we've seen him do it time and time again, Chris Weidman's in for a hell of a bad fight. That being said, who else could deserve the shot? When he fought Munoz, Munoz was the #3 middleweight. Also, Maia at the time was #7. He's beaten a top 5 and an additional top 10 opponent. I'm glad he got his chance to get his ass whipped.
Mir please break Brocks neck- March 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm
Anderson will wipe this ass-face in under 5 minutes.
jds05- March 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm
Actually think silva disposes of him quikly and when he does i think everyone wil say he was overhyped and didnt deserve the shot wich i think he doesnt i mean munoz and maia are his biggest acomplisshments
Mir please break Brocks neck- March 6, 2013 at 4:28 pm
Anderson will wipe this no-name's butthole in less than 5 minutes. Nuff said.
jds05- March 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm
Actually think silva disposes of him quikly and when he does i think everyone wil say he was overhyped and didnt deserve the shot
Mir please break Brocks neck- March 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm
Anderson will KO Chris in the first round. This is NOT even a match for Anderson. What should REALLY happen is that Chris should fight Chael. Thumbs up if you agree.
Mir please break Brocks neck- March 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm
You butt-holes who gave me a thumbs down will be owing me an apology when Silva beats this no-name child. I'll await for your forgiveness in July bitches. "Don't go buying your Weidman shirts just yet" either. I rest on your face.
Alan K- March 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm
Anderson is gonna come into this fight unmotivated as shit so Weidman has a shot.
Mr Jeff 1- March 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm
What top 5 guys did he refuse to fight?
Mir please break Brocks neck- March 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm
mir p0
nick diaz and the dub sack- March 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm
Great strategy to get a title shot, beat an over-hyped fighter then wait a year for all the other contenders to drop off and keep demanding a title shot while refusing to fight any top 5 guys.
Mr Jeff 1- March 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm
Chris will take him down and GandP, or sub him. Sonnen took him down at will, and Chris is a beast.The GOAT has run his course, and he knows it no more ducking, the time has come.....
mma4ever- March 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm
He trains at serras shithole....with a fucking luuango..probably misspelled .......but fuck it.
RearNakedSpoon- March 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm
Hilarious how the number one contender fighting the champion is shocking news for 185.
TellaTruth- March 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm
he can take Rich Franklin's place as the best man at 185 pounds, that can't beat Anderson Silva.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- March 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm
Weidman vs rockhold
Souza vs okami
Tournament to decode the no one contender

Lombard vs bisping
Belcher vs tehuna

As replacements
LoneWolf- March 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm
It's funny the things people say while watching Weidman in training. So said anonymous observer "Of course I'm rooting for him and I want him to win.....but Anderson Sylva is on another level and he's going to get destroyed." Although, I personally think Weidman is as tough as they come, he is in for the fight/KO of his life. I can't wait for this fight!
Tai-Pan- March 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm
Fuck you Cagepotato, make me sign and then delete my diatribe.

Anyway I would of liked to see Weidman face someone in the Top 5 or at least Top 10 before a title shot, but outside of Jones its the only fight that makes sense. Weidman's resume is a little thin, but his skills are definitely there. Beating Munoz doesn't mean a fucking thing, no matter who you are. I think Weidman could beat everyone else in the division and be champ for a while, but its Anderson fucking silva, and I've learned that motherfucker beats everybody. It should be a good fight.
cecils_pupils- March 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm
Who is Chris' Weedman?
humperdinkal- March 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm
I don't know. Leaning towards a shocker. While Silva is extremely difficult to submit, or KO, Weidman's no joke, younger, and at this point in Silv's career, not too sure how much his heart is in this. My guesstimate is Weidman wins by decision.
TheJimSkillet- March 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm
I long since gotten past the delusion that anything short of direct divine intervention, a fight with John Jones, or old age will beat Anderson Silva. I like Weidman and he might be a champion someday...when Anderson Silva retires.
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