Middleweight champion Anderson Silva knocked out Stephan Bonnar in dramatic fashion this weekend at UFC 153. One person, however, feels that his performance could have been more impressive – the man many consider the number one middleweight contender, Chris Weidman.
During an interview with MMAJunkie, Weidman said,
“I took a lot of risks to get where I am this short into my career. It’s not like I just got here magically. I beat some good guys. I put myself in short-notice fights against top guys in the world. It’s not easy, and I was hoping it would pay off and get my shot against Anderson, but he’s ducking me.”
Weidman vaulted himself to the front of the list of potential challengers for Silva’s belt – and dramatically increased his visibility to casual fans to boot – when he knocked out the very dangerous Mark Munoz at UFC on Fuel TV 4 with a standing elbow that looked every bit as devastating as any of Silva’s creative finishes. With 9 straight victories to his credit, Weidman has yet to lose in mixed martial arts competition.
Silva has expressed his belief in the past that Weidman had not yet earned a shot at the middleweight belt, appearing more interested in a potential superfight with welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre.
However, during the post-event press conference for UFC 153, he seemed to at least leave open the possibility that he would meet Weidman in the Octagon – just not anytime soon. Weidman is currently scheduled to fight Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 on Dec. 29.