Chris Weidman Calls Out Anderson Silva, Says Champion Is Dodging Him

Chris Weidman is set to face Tim Boetsch later this year in a key middleweight contest.

Weidman, who defeated Mark Munoz and promptly called out UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, was left distraught when Silva announced he would sit out the remainder of 2012 instead of taking another fight.

Now, imagine Weidman’s surprise when it was confirmed that Silva would face Stephan Bonnar. “The Spider” successfully earned his 16th UFC victory by defeating Bonnar – though the match came at light heavyweight and Silva’s title was not on the line.

Still, the former NCAA wrestler believes Silva is doing all he can to avoid facing him inside the Octagon, as he told MMAjunkie.com over the weekend while in Brazil to see Silva topple Bonnar first-hand.

I just feel like some way or another, Anderson Silva is not fighting me. I honestly don’t feel like it’s going to happen. The UFC was asking him to fight me, non-stop, and he put them off and put them off and put them off and then said he doesn’t want to fight until 2013.

Weidman, though, can only control the name on his current contact, and that’s Boetsch. Weidman is 9-0 in his career, while Boetsch (16-4) is riding high after stunning Hector Lombard.

“I’m just focused on Tim Boetsch, and whatever Anderson Silva is going to do, he’s going to do,” Weidman said. “I just hope the stars align and he accepts the fight when the time comes.”

  • stupid…

    chris now thats it too late you want to start acting like you have a pair.

  • stupid…

    chris now thats it too late you want to start acting like you have a pair.

  • xt600

    Why would Anderson want to fight someone who could possibly beat him?

  • Jamesd

    matt Hughes been retired for a while, How about Anderson
    fights. Apparently Anderson likes to
    fight retired out of shape fighters and not the top contenders. I want to fight gsp because I have a size
    advantage I don’t want to fight jon jones because he could possibly beat me

    • http://www.facebook.com/jade.jurewicz Jade Jurewicz

      i dont get it how people like you can hate on silva. the guy is clearly a MMA freak who can do things nobody else can do in the cage. to say that he only fights guys who he can beat is stupid. He has fought 100% of the fighters the UFC has urged him to fight and it just so happens that he does beat them because he has a skill level like no one else in the game. Sure bonnar looked like an easy Fight but anderson silva made it looked even easier than anyone was imagining.
      the guy is a smart guy, smart fighter. Appreciate that we’re lucky enough to have someone in the sport so entertaining to follow. Jones is a great fighter and is bound to do great things in the sport but I’m not sure he’ll ever be the spectacle Silva is to watch.
      Enjoy it while we’ve got it.

  • Rb_

    Well the ufc hasn’t recognized him as a #1 contender.. If he wins another fight over a top guy then I’m sure he will get it and silva won’t duck him. He’s stupid if he legitimately thinks silva is ducking him, he hasn’t even been offered a shot at silva.

  • sam_snee

    I’m not saying Weidman doesnt deserve a crack at the title, but c’mon, get in line. And, okay, okay, here me out, lets say he is at the front of the line. That does NOT give you the right to say Anderson is ducking you. I’m just saying its a bit out of proportion. Weidman vs Boetch seems like a good match up. Who is Lombard fighting next? He is a beast.

  • http://www.facebook.com/P7zStrat Roger Dyriec Knowles

    come on chris dont go the Cheal sonnen rout! they should just do Bisping/Wiedman for #1 contender

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