While the UFC’s output of action is in the middle of a three-week pause, combat will continue with a bang on July 6 with UFC 162. Heavily featured in this card is the UFC’s middleweight division, as the champion, Anderson Silva, defends his undisputed title. But that’s just the icing on the cake because there will be two other 185-pound match-ups that take place arguably within the top 15 in the division. With the middleweight division peaking with interest and attention, let’s take a look at what is really going on, and what we could expect in the future.

Scheduled Fights:

Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman UFC 162 – Being labeled as, “Undisputed vs. Undefeated”, the undisputed champion Anderson Silva will defend his crown for an 11th time against the undefeated underdog Chris Weidman.

Mark Munoz vs. Tim Boetsch UFC 162 – This match-up will feature two heavy-handed fighters who can throw some serious heat. Munoz will be making his first appearance since his stunning KO loss to Weidman, and will be looking to rebound. Also looking to rebound will be his opponent, who suffered his first loss at 185 pounds last winter.

Tim Kennedy vs. Roger Gracie UFC 162 – Strikeforce’s middleweight fighters will make an appearance tonight as the tough Strikeforce veteran Kennedy scores a UFC debut over Strikeforce prospect Gracie, who has been targeted to be a breakthrough fighter in the coming year or two.

Other notable bouts:

Chris Leben vs. Andrew Craig – UFC 162

Ed Herman vs. Trevor Smith – UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga

Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson – UFC 163

Cezar Ferreira vs. Clint Hester – UFC 163

Uriah Hall vs. Nick Ring – UFC on FS 1: Sonnen vs. Shogun

Dylan Andrews vs. Papy Abedi – UFC on FS1: Condit vs. Kampmann 2

Brad Tavares vs. Robert McDaniel – UFC on FS1: Condit vs. Kampmann 2

Jared Hamman vs. Magnus Cedenblad – UFC 164

Derek Brunson vs. Yoel Romero – UFC 164

Ronaldo Souza vs. Yushin Okami UFC on FS1: 3


Expected Match-Ups:

Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort – After Mousasi’s successful UFC debut at 205, it’s evident that he’s in desperate need of a challenge. However, after confirming his drop to 185, a match-up with Belfort is everything but official. These two were slated against each other in the past under the Affliction banner, but never fought. Now, several years later, it’d be exciting to see these two talented fighters go at it for arguably the number one contender spot.

Michael Bisping vs. Cung Le – After a shocking KO victory over Rich Franklin, Le finds himself higher up in the division than anybody perhaps thought he would be. But with great success comes great difficulty, as now he’ll most likely be matched up against a top five opponent. Bisping always seems to be biting at the bit to smash rising contenders, so look for Bisping to draw this bout.

Other Notable Match-Ups:

Costa Philippou vs. Luke Rockhold

Alan Belcher vs. Chris Camozzi

Rousimar Palhares vs. Ronny Markes

Josh Samman vs. Francis Carmont

CB Dollaway vs. Caio Magalhaes

Stanislav Nedkov vs. Tom Lawlor

Antonio Neto vs. Lorenz Larkin

Luke Barnatt vs. Daniel Sarafian

Rafael Natal vs. Michael Kuiper

Thiago Perpetuo vs. Buddy Roberts

Joao Zeferino vs. Sean Spencer