UFC Middleweight Champion and pound-for-pound king, Anderson Silva, will most likely return to the Octagon on July 6 to face Middleweight top contender, Chris Weidman, according to Brazilian news source, TATAME. This fight has been in discussion for sometime, but nothing has been formally announced because of some other title contenders in the division. With the recent losses of both Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping, however, it looks like the UFC had the easy decision to give Weidman this opportunity.
Anderson Silva last saw action in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, where he faced and finished now-retired Stephan Bonnar at 205 lbs. He last defended his belt in the highly anticipated rematch between he and Chael Sonnen, a fight Silva ended in the second round via TKO.
Chris Weidman is coming off a devastating KO finish of Mark Munoz last July, but he hasn’t fought since after a shoulder injury forced him to pull out of a match against Tim Boetsch in December. The possible title match-up this July would come almost 12 months exactly after his last fight. Regardless, Weidman has stated that he will be in perfect shape to face Silva.
According to TATAME, the UFC has made initial contact with both fighters’ managers. The fight is not officially set, nor has the UFC made an announcement, but it certainly looks as though this fight will take place the weekend of Independence Day celebrations in Las Vegas.
You may find the entire TATAME article here (in Portuguese).Tags: Anderson Silva, Chris Weidman, ufc, ufc news