Anderson Silva (pictured) has finally agreed to grant Chris Weidman a crack at his middleweight crown. On Wednesday, the world’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion announced the 185-pounders will headline UFC 162.
The July 6 event takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Weidman has been publicly campaigning for the bout since steamrolling Mark Munoz in July. The 28-year-old believes he’s a “bad matchup” for Silva and that’s why the game’s most decorated champion has been “ducking” him.
“All-American” owns a perfect 9-0 professional résumé. Weidman has been riding the pine since having shoulder surgery in November.
Silva, meanwhile, has been actively pursuing a super-fight with welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre since schooling Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight affair at UFC 153. However, GSP isn’t prepared to accept the blockbuster bout at this time.
“The Spider” has successfully defended his throne 10 times, more than any other Octagon athlete. That’s one of the primary reasons his camp has overlooked Weidman – Silva has more title defenses than Weidman has professional fights.
Silva last put his strap up for grabs at UFC 148 against Chael Sonnen. The July tango was the most anticipated rematch the organization had ever hosted.