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Chris Weidman: “I already sparred for the first time and I feel great.”

Chris Weidman v Mark Munoz - UFC on FuelUFC middleweight Chris Weidman won’t be back in the Octagon for awhile but it looks like the unbeaten 28-year old is definitely on track to make his return sooner than later after shoulder surgery late last year. Weidman recently offered an update on his condition to fans, stating he was on target to take on champion Anderson Silva this summer.

“I have another two months until I am 100 percent, but I already sparred for the first time and I feel great. I feel I am in my prime. I am more athletic than I’ve been. I am very confident when I get in there against whoever I get in there with in the 185 pound division,” said Weidman to The Fight Business, expressing obvious hope towards a scrap with “The Spider”.

“I feel good but I’m not getting too crazy because you don’t know until it’s signed. You never know. So I don’t want to get my hopes up,” admitted Weidman before adding that, in a perfect world, the rest of his 2013 would involve, “July 4th weekend in Vegas. Immediate rematch Madison Square Garden, November. Me versus Anderson Silva in front of my home crowd.”

Weidman is 9-0 but hasn’t fought since a knockout of Mark Munoz last July. He has emerged as the division’s top contender due to both his impressive past performances in addition to a number of other challengers falling off after losing recent fights.