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 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.”