Number one middleweight contender Chris Weidman took to various media outlets last week to voice his displeasure with the behavior of champion Anderson Silva after he agreed to fight Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 in Brazil despite having previously stated he would not compete again in 2012. Even though Silva stepped in to the main event on short notice to help a struggling card out, and the fact that Weidman had just undergone elbow surgery, the unbeaten challenger implied the real underlying factor was that Silva didn’t want to fight him.
“A guy who’s ranked No. 2 in most the polls now wouldn’t be a marketable fight for them because I don’t have that many fights. But it doesn’t matter. I’m the No. 1 contender. He should fight me,” said Weidman in a recent conversation with UFC Tonight.
Responding to Weidman’s comments in a conference call to the media in Brazil, transcribed by TATAME, Silva (32-4) said Weidman should practice some patience.
“Everything has it’s time,” Silva declared. “He’ll have his opportunity to fight for the belt. Maybe I fight next before he gets the shot, I lose and he fights someone else. We don’t know. I can fight Bonnar, lose and say: ‘you know what, I don’t want it anymore’. Or maybe I win and say ‘I don’t want this anymore’. Or maybe drop to welterweight or move up to heavyweight. Anything can happen. Every UFC fighter will have their chance. You have to work and wait for your opportunity.”
Silva’s future is unclear after the Bonnar fight, though he also affirmed his interest in fighting welterweight king Georges St-Pierre in his follow-up performance rather than put his middleweight title up for grabs.
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