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Report: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman Proposed for July 6 | UFC NEWS


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).

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28 Comments to Report: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman Proposed for July 6 | UFC NEWS

  1. magoo says:

    Bout fukcin time!!! Smash em Chris!

  2. DemolitionMan says:

    Thats ridiculus, there`s no way Weidman will win that fight. Who did he beat, fat and coming off injury Mark Munoz? Not hating, just pure facts. Chris Weidman is just not ready for Anderson.

    • magoo says:

      That’s what 95% of you think… now we all get to find out!

      • Nuitari X says:

        LOL, the other 5% of you said the same thing about Sonnen and look what happened. No way in hell does Weidman take Silva. He will make Weidman look like an amateur just like he has done with pretty much everyone who has ever stepped in the cage with him. I know its fighting and anything can happen but if Weidman pulls it off he would be like the Buster Douglas of MMA.

  3. Big Daddy says:

    He should vacate 185 and move up to 205. Then Machida can have a shot at middleweight.

  4. Sasquatch says:

    Dangerous fight for Silva!.. surprised he taking it.

  5. Trevor says:

    This is gonna be a cake walk for Silva.

  6. Tyler says:

    So we’re going to put Chris Weidman in a fight with Anderson Silva. Weidman, whose last decent when was off an unhealthy Munoz, and by the time this fight comes around he will not have fought for nearly a year. Oh yea, that screams “ready for a title shot.” Smooth move. I’m hoping this is just bad reporting. I don’t see Weidman out wrestling Sonnen, so I don’t see how he’s a “threat” To Silva. Sonnen was a “threat” and he got cut up worse than Silva in the first fight and he was on top the whole time, and we don’t even have to talk about the second fight. This isn’t going to end well for Weidman in my opinion.

  7. Jhonny Blaze says:

    HaHa see Magoo is still hating on Anderson lol nothing changes.Weidman will make it competetive till Silva gets the timing down.Then Silva will tko him in round 2(thats when most of his tko’s come).Then all the Silva haters will do their classic u-turn and say things like “Weidman wasn’t ready for Silva””Weidman was overated””Silva just beat up another no name in his division””Silva should of called Jones out he’s a pussy for picking on Weidman” blah blah blah and so on.

  8. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    Please! Weidman doesn’t deserve a shot yet.

    He barely beat Maia with a questionable split decision after one of the most boring fights ever. Munoz was pudgy and out of shape after a surgery.

    But I am all for it, because I’m getting tired to hear him beg for a titleshot. Feed the bum to Silva so he can beat him up and destroy his career. Easy payday for Silva and Whineman can finally shut the f@k up.

  9. confucius says:

    lol +1 blaze

  10. mean170 says:

    I’d rather see Rich Franklin/Anderson Silva 3. Or Anderson/Cung Le, or Anderson/Hector Lombard. I’ll still gladly watch Weidman catch a beatdown and feel sorry that he ever thought he had any business in the cage with the Great One.

  11. BringFitchBack says:

    I like this. It’s very dangerous for Weidman to fight Silva after a long layoff. I would rather see him with a tune up fight with Belfort. But this is also dangerous for Silva. Weidman is well rounded and has more fire power than Sonnen did. But Sonnen has shown how to exploit Silva’s weaknesses and Weidman will do that. I think Weidman will look to finish Silva from top position by ko or choke him out. I know the Silva fans think he is superman and will never lose, but he is getting older and he WILL lose to somebody. Weidman can do it. If Silva wins then hopefully he will fight Jones. It just makes sense at that point.

  12. hey says:

    he’s undefeated. thats plenty of threat enough

  13. Dee says:

    High risk no reward for Silva. Weidman is a tough opponent that no one knows much about. You can’t even get a clear tape on him to study. It’s a tough fight. In the fight world anyone can fall at any moment. No one is invinsible. In Silva’s case it would mean not making the money that he has sacrificed his entire life for. It’s a bad fight.

  14. Dan Jenkins says:

    Here we go another undeserving challenger to a UFC title shot it seems the theme for 2013. As I’ve said before this fight is a mismatch but looks like “the most sensible” fight for silva at this time if only that Canadian with double standards would’ve stepped up this wouldn’t be an issue. Anyway silva wins this by anyway he chooses kinda reminds me of that movie The Great White Hype piss funny flick. I would of like to see Weidman fight belfort before his shot but Weidman was adamant on ducking Vitor didn’t seem too interested in working his way thru the division he is obviously going to clean out 185 after he “smashes” silva right. I really can’t wait for this so Weidman can finally shut the **** up

  15. gruxy says:

    I don’t believe weidman really earned his shot, but honestly at this point does it really matter? Anderson has pretty much cleaned out the division.

  16. korean jesus says:

    feed him to the spider, who gives a shit. another one bites the dust.

  17. Pol says:

    Does Weidman can take a punishment like Sonnen? You keep comparing those two, those two were completely different. Sonnen did give Silva a hard time because his willing to take those elbows and punches that Silva thrown at him and that`s how he got close with Anderson. Yes just like what I said Weidman is different, he has a complete different set of skills than Sonnen but does he have the heart and courage Sonnen has? In my own opinion, Weidman is not yet ripe for this, he may proven to be as one of the top contender of this division but he still needs more high level competition to gain experience at higher echelons. Anderson has sharpen his skills thru all these years plus he got some serious talent. And you’ll put him against this young warrior that might has a great set of skills but still lack of experience? But like everyone says, anything can happen in the ring or cage as long as the time doesn’t stop. But it will be a great upset if Weidman can pull this off. My prediction? 80-20 Anderson Silva Via KO(TKO)Rd. 2.

    • BringFitchBack says:

      I think alot of the hate on Weidman is that the Silva fans will hate on any of his opponents due to their one-sided support of him. Weidman is the real deal. He is a hard working hungry fighter. He’s definitely got the heart like Sonnen. Doesn’t mean he’ll beat Silva, but people seem to think Silva will never lose. If he keeps fighting, he will lose. I’d like to see him go up and fight Jones win or lose to Weidman. My guess is that is what him and his management teams plan is anyways to fight at 85 until he loses then move directly to a title fight at 05. Then make as much money as possible until he’s done in the next 2-3 years.

      • krafty11 says:

        Why would he want to fight until he loses? That doesnt make any sense at all. I would think he wants to retire undefeated in the UFC..But pretty sure he is getting hella mpney for his fights no matter what.

        • BringFitchBack says:

          Didn’t Silva just ink a new 10 fight deal? I think Silva has yes men around him and he’s somewhat bought into the hype that he can’t be beat. If Silva continues to fight, he will be beat. He also knows that if he doesn’t become a 2 division champ, he will never be considered the best fighter in the UFC. So he needs to figure how to win at 05. He may feel that he needs to wait until Jones goes for hw before challenging at 05. That’s my theory.

  18. mike eib says:

    the winners of okami vs lambord and belfort vs rockhold should fight for a contenders match.

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