Chris Weidman is putting all of his future UFC earnings on one fight, as “The All-American” takes on Anderson Silva in July at UFC 162.
Weidman, who pushed and pushed for a match with the UFC middleweight champion, told MMAjunkie.com Radio recently that he isn’t asking for a new contract prior to the world title match.
“I think we’re just going to keep the contract,” Weidman said. “I’m definitely OK with making what I was making. I think I was making $24,000 (to show) and $24,000 (to win). I want to do that because then after I beat Anderson like I plan on doing, then obviously the contract will jump up more than if I was to rip up the contract now. I’m ready to put all my eggs in one basket and put my money where my mouth is.”
Some say Weidman doesn’t have enough quality wins, or total wins for that matter, to warrant facing a fighter the caliber of Silva. He doesn’t believe that notion one bit.
“I’ve never had an easy fight,” Weidman said. “Even when I was in Ring of Combat, we always wanted to get the best guys because I wanted to get that experience. Guys like Uriah Hall, who’s coming up ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ I fought that guy in my third fight.”
Weidman’s skill set is on the upside, and his wrestling/power are a great combo. Is it enough to defeat Silva? Only time will tell.