UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva has been the recipient of some criticism over the past few months after shrugging off the possibility of a match-up with contender Chris Weidman in favor of fights with more-established adversaries. However, after losses from a few frontrunners, it looks like Silva will square off against Weidman after all.
According to multiple reports, Silva and Weidman will serve as the main event of a July 6 show in Las Vegas believed to be UFC 162. Newsday was first to report the fight, confirming it with CEO Lorenzo Feritta.
Silva is considered by nearly all to be MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighter with 33-4 mark in the sport and wins in all sixteen of his UFC scraps. Among the 26 stoppages “The Spider” has scored in his career are those over the likes of Chael Sonnen, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, and Dan Henderson.
While Weidman lacks Silva’s star-power there’s no doubt he should pose a stiff test come showtime. The 9-0 grappler is 5-0 in his UFC career, showing improved skills in each effort, and was last seen stopping Mark Munoz with strikes in July of last year.
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