Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman set for UFC 162 headliner


chris-weidman-10.jpgAs expected, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) will meet top contender Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) on Independence Day weekend at UFC 162.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously passed along news of the targeted bout, and Newsday.com today confirmed it as official with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.

The event takes place July 6 in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

Weidman has long campaigned for the fight, and though officials initially appeared they’d go another direction, UFC President White ultimately relented this past month and said he’d likely be next for the champion.

Weidman’s title hopes recently got a boost when fellow contender Michael Bisping suffered a loss to Vitor Belfort, which cost the Brit a promised a title shot. But Weidman, a former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler, has put together a worthy body of work, including a perfect 9-0 record and wins over UFC notables such as Mark Munoz and Demian Maia.

He’d face what is clearly his biggest test yet in Silva, who’s emerged as arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history with 17 consecutive wins, 16 straight UFC victories and 10 successful title defenses. Most recently, he followed a title win over Chael Sonnen with a non-title victory over Stephan Bonnar in a 205-pound non-title fight in this past October’s UFC 153 headliner.

Additional UFC 162 bouts and ticket information are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

For the latest on “UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman,” stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Chris Weidman)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 7 views

Don't count UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman's head coach, Ray Longo, among the contingent of fans clamoring for a trilogy fight between Weidman and Anderson "The Spider" Silva. Speaking with read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 71 views

How much violence is too much violence? Within the bounds of combat sports, how heartbreaking would it be to have to watch a legend of the sport—arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 708 views

UFC middleweight Michael Bisping said he initially was in “utter disbelief” that ex-champ Anderson Silva had tested positive for two steroids. He went to several media outlets to confirm it was actua read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 100 views

UFC middleweight champion Chris-Weidman-UFC-The-Time-Is-Now-Press-02Chris Weidman has had to pull out of the UFC 184 main event due to injury. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 7 views

Returning former middleweight champion Anderson Silva took home a disclosed $800,000 paycheck for his victory in the main event of UFC 183. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 363 views

Because there's not better way than going out with a "W." Anderson Silva returned to the Octagon this past weekend (Sat., Jan. 31, 2015) at UFC 183 to take on Nick Diaz after more than a year-long ab read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 157 views

See how the sport's top figures reacted to the shocking news that UFC legend and former middleweight champion Anderson Silva tested positive for anabolic steroids. One month after the bombshell hit t read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 5 views

After defending his title six times, UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva accepted a fight at 205-pounds against former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at UFC 101. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

The heavily anticipated UFC middleweight title fight between champ Chris Weidman and top challenger Vitor Belfort is off.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>