It appears Chris Weidman (Pictured) will have to prove his middleweight mettle at least one more time before getting a shot at the gold. The planet’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion announced Friday afternoon Weidman will battle Tim Boetsch at UFC 155.
“I think I’m the number-one contender in the division but with Anderson not fighting for the rest of 2012, I want to stay busy and keep getting better,” said Weidman. “I think I’m the best middleweight in the world and I’m going to prove it against another top contender.”
Many believed Weidman solidified his next dibs status by steamrolling Mark Munoz in July to bump his record to a perfect 9-0. However, it appears Octagon officials are saving 185-pound king Anderson Silva for a potential superfight against welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre.
Therefore, “All-American” must take another scrap in the meantime.
Boetsch, meanwhile, spoiled Hector Lombard’s heavily-hyped big league debut at UFC 149. The split decision victory marked “The Barbarian’s” eighth win in his past nine outings.
UFC 155 takes place December 29th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Either MGM Grand Garden Arena or Mandalay Bay Events Center will serve as host.
Here are the athletes expected to perform on New Year’s Eve weekend:
Matt Mitrione vs. Phil DeFries
Chris Weidman vs. Tim Boetsch
Joe Lauzon vs. Gray Maynard
Chael Sonnen vs. Forrest Griffin
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos (UFC heavyweight champion)