It appears that the UFC middleweight championship will again be on the line this Independence Day weekend as champion Anderson Silva will meet Chris Weidman. The event will happen on pay-per-view and will be dubbed UFC 162.
Newsday Sports writer Mark LaMonica first reported the prospective matchup being made official earlier today and multiple sources have confirmed the news since.
Anderson Silva was last in action at UFC 153 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, where he defeated Stephan Bonnar on short notice. The middleweight champion last defended his title at the UFC’s last Independence Day weekend card, defeating Chael Sonnen in a rematch of their UFC 117 bout. Silva has yet to lose since coming to the UFC in 2006.
Long Island’s Chris Weidman will be looking to end Silva’s streak by keeping his own streak alive. Weidman is 9-0 in his professional career and was last in action at UFC on FUEL TV 4, where he defeated Mark Munoz. Weidman has lobbied hard for the bout with Silva since defeating Munoz, but delays by Silva’s camp, injuries, and other issues have kept the young fighter out of competition since last July.
The event will likely take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.