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One of the biggest questions going into UFC 149 was who will get the next chance to challenge Middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Coming out of the event, we still don't have any answers. UFC president Dana White spoke about the situation on Inside MMA, but essentially all he said was UFC 149 winner Tim Boestch was not in the running right now. He did speak highly of Chris Weidman, who crushed Mark Munoz on UFC on Fuel 4. Weidman's dominant performance leaves him leading the pack of contenders right now, the only thing he's lacking is recognition. On that front, UFC mainstays like Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort out rank him and are viable options for the next title shot. Bisping already made it clear that he doesn't think much about Weidman's win.
Today, Vitor Belfort said, via Twitter, that he wants Weidman before either fight Silva:
Guys I spoke to joe silva and ask to fight with the top contender #weidman here in brasil so I think this is the fight that will credence me to a title fight so that is what happened.
I want the belt but I am not desperate I think weidman is the next for the belt,but Anderson silva deserve to see who is next .So let`s make this fight the next #contender belfort vs weidman the next contender for #andersonsilva
The next event being held in Brazil is UFC 153 on October 13 in Rio de Janeiro. Belfort is coming off to first round finishes since he last challenged for the title at UFC 126. Belfort seems to realize he needs a title shot soon if he's going to get one. He has already hinted recently that he may not have many fights left at Middleweight.
Seeing Vitor's challenge this morning, Chris Weidman responded via Twitter that he's not interested in a fight with Vitor at all right now.
Obviously, Weidman is pushing for a direct title shot, as he should coming off back to back top ten wins in the division. However, the biggest issue, right now, is that Anderson Silva has not said when he plans to return. If he wants to take some time off, this fight is a real possibility.
After the jump, Alan Belcher makes sure he's not forgotten about.
Multiple injuries lay offs have slowed Belcher's movement through the Middleweight division almost to a crawl. However, he's 6-1 in his last 7 fights with the only blemish coming from a very close fought decision loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama. Most recently, he knocked out leg lock specialist Rousimar Palhares in the first round at UFC On Fox 3 and is on a 4 fight win streak. He's behind some of the other big names in the contender race, right now, but with the right wins he may only need 1 or 2 more fights before a title shot.