Dana White relayed in October that Anderson Silva could lock up another title shot if he gets by Nick Diaz, and the UFC boss man repeated those plans in a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight.”
White appeared on the latest edition of the FOX Sports 1 show, and while discussing the UFC’s short term plans for 2015, he stated (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“2015 is starting off with amazing fights. It’s the best January in the company’s history. And all these fights lead to bigger fights. If you look at the Cormier vs. Jones, then Gustafsson vs. Rumble, then the winners of those fight and that will be a great fight. You’ve got Vitor vs. Weidman, then Anderson. If Anderson wins, he can fight the winner of either Vitor or Weidman. Rousey fights Cat Zingano, then she’ll fight again in July. If Conor wins, then he fights Aldo, which is then the biggest fight ever in that division.”
Since White noted that Silva could fight either Weidman or Belfort, it certainly looks as though the promotion is planning to give “The Spider” another crack at the title. Of course, if Silva struggles in the bout and doesn’t look like his old, unbelievable self, then the UFC may rethink those plans.
The news will likely sit well with Silva supporters, but it will be interesting to see how Weidman-Silva III is welcomed by the majority, if in fact, both men win their upcoming bouts. Sure, Silva was clowning around in their first meeting, and incurred a horrific leg injury in fight number two, but wouldn’t there be more buzz if he won, say two fights, before getting a title shot? Especially if Silva fought another top, middleweight contender and scored a big win in the interim?
The UFC President was also asked for his take on Silva’s upcoming bout with Diaz, and here is what White had to say:
“It’s an interesting fight. After the injury, where is Anderson going to be mentally? He does the right thing and is going to be in shape, but will he throw the leg kicks the way he used to? Nick Diaz hasn’t fought in a while. So who knows, we’ll see what happens.”
Silva-Diaz will go down at UFC 183 on January 31st in Las Vegas, and Weidman-Belfort will headline UFC 184, which will take place February 28th in Los Angeles.