Chris Weidman appears to have received his wish, as Newsday is reporting a bout between Weidman and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is nearing completion.

The site reported that Weidman was informed by UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta that “The Spider” has verbally agreed to the fight. No contracts have been signed yet, though, for UFC 162 and July 6.

“Dream come true,” Weidman said. “Ever since I’ve been fighting, Anderson Silva has been the champion and I’ve been visualizing beating him. Now I have the opportunity. I have to make the most of it.”

Silva (33-4) has talked down Weidman’s (9-0) MMA career in recent months, saying he doesn’t feel there is anything to gain by facing “The All-American.”

UFC president Dana White recently stated that Silva will be signing a new contract soon, and that he would have to deal with Weidman eventually.

Weidman earned his standing with a victory over Mark Munoz last year. He spent the remainder of 2012 gearing up for a fight with Tim Boetsch, but suffered an injury and was forced to the sidelines.

Silva last fought in October, defeating Stephan Bonnar at light heavyweight. His previous title defense was a victory over Chael Sonnen.