Chris Weidman has been begging, pleading, prodding and poking, trying to get the shot at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva that most people believe he deserves. He’ll have to wait just a little bit longer as Silva and UFC officials appear to be holding out hope for an Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre superfight.
In the meantime, the UFC on Friday announced that Weidman and Tim Boetsch have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 155 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas.
“I think I’m the number-one contender in the division, but with Anderson not fighting for the rest of 2012, I want to stay busy and keep getting better,” said Weidman. “I think I’m the best middleweight in the world and I’m going to prove it against another top contender.”
Weidman, who is 9-0 in his professional career, has already rolled through the likes of Demian Maia and Mark Munoz, two of the top fighters in the division at the time, but he’ll now try to make his case one without reasonable refute by fighting Boetsch.
After mixed results at light heavyweight in the Octagon, Boetsch (16-4) has been utterly impressive at middleweight. He is 4-0 at 185 pounds fighting for the UFC. Boetsch’s hit list includes top fighters like Yushin Okami and former Bellator champion Hector Lombard, so he’ll be no easy task for Weidman, who has been dominant during his UFC tenure.
The two will be part of the supporting cast for UFC 155, which features UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos putting his title on the line against Cain Velasquez, the man he took the belt from.
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- Chris Weidman
- Anderson Silva
- Tim Boetsch