One can understand why Chris Weidman is anxious for his July 6th bout with UFC Middeweight Champion Anderson Silva to finally arrive. Of course, not only is the UFC 162 fight the biggest of his career–defeating the planet’s greatest fighter would probably qualify–but Weidman is coming off a lengthy setback.
After blasting through Mark Munoz last July, Weidman went down with a shoulder injury that required surgery, and was forced to miss a scheduled fight with Tim Boetsch. Then the decorated wrestler had to sit on the sidelines to see if the UFC would tap him for a title shot, and as Silva and his camp hummed and hawed about whether fighting him made sense (cue dollar signs).
While the fight is a done deal, and Weidman has gotten the bout he’s campaigned long and violently for, he’s still worried something’s going to go wrong. Apparently, Silva missing a recent series of media events to promote the bout didn’t help.
While speaking to MMA Junkie.com, the 28 year-old fighter acknowledged: “I just want to make sure we both get in the fricken’ cage July 6. I’m still worried about that.”
Yes, so are thousands and thousands of fans.
Weidman also reportedly cited an injury as why the bout might not go down, before joking: “I don’t want him to hear this interview and be like, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea. So don’t use this, Anderson.”
Although Weidman may not have the same profile yet as other notable middleweights like Michael Bisping, or of course, Chael Sonnen, UFC 162 could be a stiff challenge for Silva.
Stay tuned to MMA Frenzy.com for more on UFC 162 as the event draws near.