Weidman States “The UFC Really Want Me To Fight Anderson. The Question Is, Will Anderson Fight Me?”
By Jamie McAllister
Middleweight Contender Chris Weidman in an interview with MMAFighting.
Weidman defeated Mark Munoz in impressive fashion at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman. After the bout he called out UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
“Every single time I’ve had a full training camp, I’ve finished the fight. This is the first one that got out of the first round. I’ve beaten two top-five guys in a row. And I think I’m a stylistic nightmare for Anderson Silva. A lot of these guys, I see them go on record basically saying ‘I’d just love a shot at Anderson Silva to see how I’d do.’ I’m not in here to just to able to share the cage with Anderson Silva. That’s not my goal at all, I’d be far from content with that.
I’m going in there to beat Anderson Silva. And to finish Anderson Silva. Im not just saying that out of the side of my mouth. I’m being completely truthful. If I get a fight with Anderson Silva, I am going in there to finish him, and if I were just to win against Anderson Silva, I wouldn’t even be satisfied, I need to go in there and finish him. That’s the truth. I might be out of my mind, but, I really believe that.”
UFC Officials not yet confirmed if Weidman will be the next challenger for the Middleweight strap. However Weidman states that the UFC is very interested in having him face Anderson Silva and the only thing stopping the bout is Anderson himself.
“My manager has talked to Joe Silva and all of them. And supposedly they actually really want me to fight Anderson. The question is, will Anderson fight me? I think that’s what it’s coming down to. When is Anderson going to be ready to fight again? That whole thing. You know, Anderson Silva’s making so much money in Brazil right now, he’s chilling.
He’s making so much money outside the ring, I don’t know if he’s so jumpy to jump in there with a guy who’s young, hungry, who’s a bad match-up for him on paper like me, and whose name is not (as lucrative as) a Chael Sonnen at this point.”