Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
UFC president Dana White told the assembled media at the UFC 156 post-fight media scrum that "it looks like" Chris Weidman is next for Middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
There's an old cliche about the USA always doing the right thing in the end, after we've tried every other possible option. Perhaps the same could be said of the UFC when it comes to booking fights for its Middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Tough up and comer Chris Weidman has been the rightful #1 contender since crushing Mark Munoz last July on a little seen UFC on Fuel TV event. But the UFC and Silva have explored every possible alternative. First Silva fought Stefan Bonnar at Light Heavyweight to salvage the UFC 153 card after Jose Aldo dropped out late due to injury.
Then there was a serious effort to push Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre into a super fight against Silva. GSP wanted no part of it, so then speculation moved on to a Silva vs. Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones. But Jones' was already locked in to coaching The Ultimate Fighter and facing Chael Sonnen in April at UFC 159 so he would not likely be ready to face Silva in July.
So UFC president Dana White told assembled press at the post-presser media scrum that "it looks like Weidman" will get the next shot at Silva per Ariel Helwani's twitter.
Weidman's currently recovering from shoulder surgery but indications are that he may be ready for a July 4 fight.
As for Anderson Silva and his management, they've been just as interested in alternatives to facing the formidable but unknown Weidman as the UFC. At last count, Silva's manager Ed Soares said they would be open to that fight but only in Brazil.
That seemed like a dodge since they know that the UFC is set on booking a mega-card in Las Vegas in July and would like to have Silva headline. Stay tuned kiddies, Weidman may be getting his title shot, then again...