Recently Chris Weidman revealed some eyebrow raising news: in May, the UFC asked the former middleweight champ if he’d fight Anderson Silva at UFC 212…
Silva was originally scheduled to fight Kelvin Gastelum at the June 3rd event, which went down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But, Gastelum was pulled from the card, as a result of a USADA flag for marijuana. Silva still wanted to compete on the card, and the UFC tried to find him a short notice opponent, but that never happened.
Well, recently on “The MMA Hour“, Weidman reported that one of the fighters the UFC contacted as a replacement opponent was him. The American also said this, while outlining why he turned down the offer (quotes via MMA Mania):
“The UFC was asking me if I would fight Anderson Silva,” Weidman said. “This was, I think three and a half weeks before that fight was going on. In Rio, and I’m just like ‘no’. I was still getting things checked out on my body, and going different doctors.”
“I had just gone to Vegas, got it all checked out. I already beat the guy twice, I’m going to take a fight on short notice and head to his hometown to fight him? I’m like ‘yeah, that’s not happening. If you want me to fight Anderson again, bump it up a couple of weeks, if you want to do it in Nassau Colosseum or some other time, but I’m not going to do it on short notice.”
Fair enough, although, a lot of fans would have liked to have seen Weidman – Silva III take place. While it’s true Weidman holds two wins over the legend, the first victory came as a result of Silva’s over-the-top taunting, and the second win was the result of the Brazilian star breaking his leg. So, some fans, particularly those of Silva’s, would likely love to see round three.
Weidman is now booked to fight Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25, July 22nd. The event will go down at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island.