Report: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman in talks for July event

Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

It looks like Chris Weidman will get the next middleweight title shot against Anderson Silva. According to a report from Tatame magazine, a Silva vs. Weidman title fight is in the works for a July 6th PPV.

There has been plenty of discussion surrounding the next UFC middleweight title defense for champion Anderson Silva. The prevailing and most logical choice for #1 challenger was Chris Weidman, but names like Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping popped up and put Weidman's title hopes in doubt. Well with both Evans and Bisping losing it all but cleared the path for Weidman to fight Silva, and according to Tatame magazine (article in Portuguese), this fight is in the works for July 6th.

Tatame confirmed through Weidman's agent Dave Martin that the UFC has made initial talks with them, but the fight itself is not set in stone. Silva's manager Ed Soares has reportedly negotiated to make the fight for the UFC's normal mega-PPV on Independence Day weekend in Las Vegas.

Weidman is undefeated in his MMA career, and holds wins over the likes of Alessio Sakara, Tom Lawlor, Demian Maia, and most recently Mark Munoz. He was scheduled to fight Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 before a shoulder injury put him out of commission. Weidman himself has stated he should be 100% post-surgery come Springtime.

Anderson Silva's last fight came at 205 lbs, TKOing Stephan Bonnar with a vicious knee to the body and punches on the ground. His last title defense was July 7th, 2012, defeating Chael Sonnen by 2nd round TKO (also with a knee to the body and punches) in their highly anticipated rematch.

Again, nothing is confirmed, but it looks like they're finally getting the ball rolling on this title matchup.

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