Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva finally has a new fight. Top middleweight prospect Chris Weidman will challenge Silva for the middleweight title at UFC 162 in July. The UFC revealed the news Wednesday evening on UFC.com.
The undefeated Weidman has been lobbying for this match-up for the last six months. After viciously knocking out Mark Munoz, the middleweight contender was scheduled to meet Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 in December but was forced out with a shoulder injury that required surgery and extended recovery time. With a 9-0 professional record, with five of those wins inside the octagon and a well-rounded arsenal, Weidman is a legitimate threat to Silva’s throne.
Anderson Silva had reigned as middleweight champion for nearly seven years, racking up a 16-fight undefeated streak inside the octagon. After successfully defending his title against arch-nemesis Chael Sonnen, Silva moved up to light-heavyweight to challenge Stephan Bonnar, a bout which he won via first round TKO. Regarded by most as the greatest fighter of all time, Silva will be looking to extend his legacy with a win over the young prospect Chris Weidman.
Other fight added to the newly announced card include:
-Tim Boetsch vs. Mark Munoz
-Rafael Cavalcante vs. Thiago Silva
-Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy
UFC 162 takes place July 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.