Today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the UFC held a press conference featuring many of the headlining fighters from its upcoming October 13 UFC 153 show. Perhaps the most intriguing moment of the conference was middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s comments on Chris Weidman, the man many believe to be the top challenger for Silva’s belt.
According to Tatame, Silva stated “Everything has its time. He’ll have his opportunity to fight for the belt…You have to work and wait for your opportunity.”
Silva had originally intended to take the rest of the year off from active competition. However, when the original UFC 153 main event between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar was scrapped due to an injury to Aldo’s ankle, Silva agreed to step in against light heavyweight Stephen Bonnar. Nonetheless, some have criticized Silva for taking what seems like an easier fight, weight difference notwithstanding.
Weidman made a decisive statement in his last fight, dominating the highly ranked Mark Munoz at UFC before knocking him out with an elbow in the second round. Although Silva seems to indicate in his statements that he would be open to the possibility of fighting Weidman at some point, he apparently does not feel Weidman has yet done enough to earn his shot at the belt.
Silva also appears intrigued by the possibility of a superfight matchup with welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre. He stated at the press conference that he hoped that would be his next fight – another indication that a matchup with Weidman is not at the top of his priority list.