Chris Weidman is a sound wrestler that has shown he has knockout ability. Add in the fact that he is undefeated, and it would seem Weidman is a perfect contender to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
However, Silva’s management team has stated several times that they do not believe Weidman is ready for a shot at the belt.
“They don’t mention my name ever,” said Weidman, while appearing on UFC Tonight. “They don’t want to fight me. They’re running.”
UFC president Dana White did say on the same program recently that Weidman is an option for Silva, but added that there are several options currently in play.
Weidman has been on the sidelines since a vicious win over Mark Munoz in 2012. He had surgery that knocked him out of a planned meeting with Tim Boetsch last month, but is targeting a return to action in July.
“In a perfect world, I’d be back July 4 weekend against Anderson Silva,” Weidman said. “Then I’ll grant him an immediate rematch at Madison Square Garden in New York.”
Weidman also reached out to Chael Sonnen, the host of UFC Tonight, to train with him if the bout with Silva is signed. Sonnen, of course, took Silva deep into the fifth round during their first encounter before submitting to a choke in a match he was winning on the scorecards.
“If he was willing to train, which I’m sure he would, that would be good,” Weidman said. “He did take it to Anderson for a full fight and got caught at the end, so he’s been in the ring with him, he knows how Silva works.”
In Silva’s last title defense, he finished Sonnen in the second round.