MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Chris Weidman is frustrated with mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Anderson “The Spider” Silva of Brazil’s reluctance to fight him.
Weidman, with nine wins and no loss, was hoping to receive a shot at Silva’s middleweight title after he beat fellow contender Mark Muñoz, but “The Spider” has so far refused to fight him.
“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,” Weidman told MMA Junkie.
“I thought it was the perfect opportunity after the Muñoz fight. He said he wanted to fight three months after the Chael Sonnen fight, and it made perfect sense to do it right then,” he added.
“There was no reason not to. He couldn’t come up with an excuse. UFC was asking him to fight me, non-stop, and he put them off and put them off and put them off, and then he said he doesn’t want to fight until 2013.”
Silva, however, fought veteran Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro last weekend, winning via a first-round technical knockout. But he has not given any indication that he wants to fight Weidman, instead targeting a fight against welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
Weidman feels Silva is avoiding him because he is a “terrible” match-up for the Brazilian champion.
“I know I can beat Anderson. I got into this sport, and he was the champion at 185-pounds. He looked just as impressive then as he does now,” Weidman said.
“I got into this sport knowing I could beat him from day one. I think I’m a terrible, terrible match-up for him. I think everybody knows it,” he added.
But Silva and his camp have maintained that they are unwilling to fight Weidman because of his relatively low profile and lack of experience inside the Octagon.
“He can downplay me all he wants,” Weidman said. “He can say whatever he wants about me, but I beat two top-5 guys in the world. Nobody has ever done that in this history of the UFC and not received a title shot.”
“Now I’m set to fight December 29 against Tim Boetsch, and that’s going to be three top-5 guys in a row if I beat him. There’s no one that’s ever done that and not been rewarded a shot,” he added.
Weidman stressed that he “took a lot of risks to get where I am this short into my career.”
“It’s not like I just got here magically. I beat some good guys... It’s not easy, and I was hoping it would pay off and get my shot against Anderson, but he’s ducking me,” he said.